Indian skipper and world number 1 batsman, Virat Kohli, feels “no sense of entitlement” after his 10-year of international cricket. He also thinks that it is “not a favour done to anyone” as he is performing for his country and its people. Kohli recently surpassed the long-standing record of Sachin Tendulkar for making the fastest 10,000 ODI runs, and he did it in less than 54 innings to Sachin.
While talking about his newly created milestone, Kohli stated that it is a privilege for him as he is among the very few that are bestowed. Besides, he also thinks that “nothing should be taken for granted.” While talking with BCCI TV, Kohli said “It’s a great honour for me to represent my country and even after playing 10 years, I don’t feel like I am entitled for anything here. You still have to work hard for every run that you score at the international level.”
The Indian skipper also suggested “There are many people who want this (playing for India) very badly. So when you are in that same position yourself, you should have that same hunger and never take things for granted, never take it easy at any stage.” He also expressed his commitment to the Indian team while saying “If I have to dive six times in an over, I will do that for the team.”
Virat Kohli further added “Because that’s my duty and that’s why I am selected to play for my country. That’s part of my job. It’s not doing anyone a favour. Not showing anyone that I am committed but it’s purely gaining that extra run for the team. The focus has to be that much precise and finer in that moment.”
He also thinks that while he is performing for India, there should not be any less intensity, and stated “You have to understand that I have to push for one more run for the team rather than feeling that I am tired and mentally not there. So, I think that’s my only intent, to keep doing what the team needs all the time and just helping it any way possible.”
Kohli further said “I have been able to push my physical and mental abilities by focussing on what the team needs and in that process more runs have been scored by me than I would have otherwise if I would have been thinking about my own batting or anything like that,” and added “All these things look good from the outside as a package from inside you know that you are focussed on the process. The thing is pushing hard for the team when you are down and out, pushing those 10-12 extra overs, so that the team can benefit from it. Then the runs become more anyway.”
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