DUBAI: When Virat Kohli met the press after Sunday’s match against Pakistan, he instructed the media manager not to ignore anyone. It was his first interaction with the media since he gave up his test captain in January.
In these days, Kohli it seems to emanate an unusual calm. The person beating the chest seems to have taken a back seat. In the past, especially at press conferences, there was an air of swagger around Kohli, a kind of brash intensity. On Sundays he seemed relaxed, even relaxed.
His comments that MS Dhoni is the only person who texted him after giving up the test captain went viral. But the crux of this claim was that Kohli believes he can now see through people. “When you have respect for someone and they are genuine, then it seems like that because there is a sense of security on both sides,” he said of Dhoni’s gesture. “Somehow, I live my life honestly and I can see through these things. I won’t say these things don’t bother me, but you see the truth.” He spoke without aggression.
The past eight months have not been easy for Kohli. From being someone who called all the shots to being questioned about his place on the T20 squad, it was a nerve-wracking time.
As coach Rahul Dravid pointed out, the world is obsessed with Kohli’s stats and lack of form. On Sunday, he seemed to finally take shape in a crunch match and contributed to a crucial half century. By Kohli’s own admission, he has spent the last few months getting to know himself.
Refreshed after a month off, Kohli now sports a smile during his free practice sessions. He is comfortable when he is attacked for photos, there is no rush to leave. The constant frown has disappeared.
“As long as I’m in a good space and confident, I know I can beat in many ways. It’s just about getting back to the beat and being confident in how you’re playing,” said Kohli.
Based on Sunday’s shot, he seems to have found his rhythm. The whips over the mid-wicket, the punches on the back, the electric rush between the wickets were all there. The screeching war cry may be missing, but the fist pumps made up for it. Kohli may be on the verge of losing his inherent intensity and adopting a statesman’s calm.
Kohli’s record in T20Is is astounding, but now he understands what his game was missing. “The speed of execution of the middle overs has also improved, which I personally as a hitter have carefully noted. I know this is an area where we need to continue to improve. Today I was making a conscious effort to hit at a faster pace. high. I will continue to beat like today. Face the game with your head held high, beat freely. ”
The much-discussed break he took before the Asian Cup seems to have worked wonders. Kohli has already admitted to “faking the intensity of him”. Free time was more about introspection. “I took some time, put things in perspective and gave me the relaxation that this is not being everything and the end of all life. I know what I can do for the team when I am happy in my To be in a bad space is not good for me or for the team.
“When I came here, I found the environment very welcoming. The camaraderie with the boys is great. The environment in the team is fantastic. I love playing again and feeling good when beaten,” he said.
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The outside noise, however, takes it. He made his pain evident with Dhoni’s comment. But this period of persistent scrutiny also helped him rediscover himself. Kohli said: “People have their opinions and that doesn’t change my happiness as a person. I can’t put so much pressure on myself that I can’t express myself. That’s not why I started playing cricket.” .
Kohli can never be accused of shunning challenges. In fact, he was looking for them. In Dubai he learned to hug them.