The day my aggression changes, I’ll stop playing cricket: Virat Kohli

Kohli played his last game as India's T20I skipper on Monday.

Aditya Kumar Editor

Updated - 9 November 2021 10:10 am

Virat Kohli and his aggression go hand in hand. There is hardly a day on the cricket field when the Indian skipper looks less in energy. Whether his side is walking towards an easy win or languishing at the middle, the enthusiastic approach of Kohli towards the game never dies. Such is his aggression and intent to win a game, it all makes everyone wonder about the man he is.

However, during a recent interaction with media, when Kohli was questioned if his aggression would remain intact despite him stepping down from the T20I captaincy, he answered in affirmative. The 33-year-old added that the day his energy vanishes from a match of cricket, he will quit playing the game.

"That (Kohli's aggression) is never going to change. The day it does, I'll stop playing cricket. Even before I became captain, I have always loved to contribute in some way or the other," said Kohli after playing his last game as India's T20I skipper on Monday.

Adding more about his decision to leave the T20I captaincy, Kohli said, "Relief firstly (on leaving T20I captaincy). It's been a honor but things need to be kept at the right perspective. I felt this was the right time to manage my workload. It's been six or seven years of heavy workload and there is a lot of pressure."

"A big thank you to all those guys (Ravi Shastri and his support staff). They have done a great job over the years, creating such a wonderful environment for the players. People loved to get back to the atmosphere. They have done a really great job," he added.

Notably, during India's game against Namibia on Tuesday night, Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav both were ready to bat after the fall of first wicket. However, Kohli eventually signaled Suryakumar to go into the field. "Surya didn't get much game time in this World Cup, so I thought it will be a nice memory to take back. That was the idea (behind sending Suryakumar Yadav at number 3)," explained Kohli. Meanwhile, India comfortably walked home with 9 wickets in hand and 28 balls to spare in their last game of T20 World Cup 2021.