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Virat Kohli discusses his time leading team India as captain, saying, “I’ve no shame in accepting that I made many mistakes.”

Virat Kohli discusses his time leading team India as captain, saying, "I've no shame in accepting that I made many mistakes."

In all three formats, Virat Kohli is one of India’s most successful captains. From 2017 through 2021, the great hitter captained the ODI and T20I teams in addition to leading the Test team from 2014 to 2022. While Kohli led India to multiple triumphs in bilateral series, he was unable to lead his team to a big prize. India lost the Champions Trophy final in 2017, the semi-final of the ODI World Cup in 2019, and the World Test Championship final with Kohli in charge.

The former India captain said in a recent interview that he has no remorse in admitting that he made numerous errors while serving as captain, but that he did not act out of self-interest and had only one objective: to advance the team.

“Without a doubt. Therefore, I don’t feel guilty admitting that I made a lot of blunders while I was the captain. Though I can guarantee from the first to the last day that I never did anything out of selfishness, that is the one thing I am certain of. I haven’t taken any action to help myself. In the Let There Be Sport documentary series by PUMA, Kohli stated, “I just had one goal: to lead the team forward.”

“I can completely accept whether or not I made the right judgments. I can completely embrace the fact that you make mistakes just as you do when you’re outside; that’s a failure. Failures will continue to occur, but the intention was always correct. I can therefore give that assurance without a doubt. You will make mistakes until everything is in its proper place, but you will learn from them, like I stated, and you won’t stop producing things until that happens, the 34-year-old continued.

Kohli added that he gained a lot of knowledge from his blunders while serving as captain.

“My motives were always good. I explained that you needed to adjust my methods for different people. Although many of your judgments have been bad ones, you can learn a lot from them. Then you begin to see the entire path and what went good, but then go right and then you learn from all scenarios, so that’s precisely what occurred,” he continued.

India’s most successful Test skipper is Kohli.
Notably, India won their first-ever bilateral ODI and Test series on Australian soil in 2018–19 under Kohli’s leadership. The cricketer, who was born in Delhi, is credited with turning India’s pace bowling assault deadly, which helped the side play remarkably well in SENA nations.

Prior to the T20 World Cup 2021, where India was eliminated early on, the star batter resigned as T20I captain. In December 2021, he was also relieved of his ODI captaincy duties since the BCCI didn’t want different captains for the two white-ball competitions. Additionally, the 34-year-old retired from test captaincy in January 2022 following a 1-2 series defeat to South Africa. With 40 victories from 68 games, Kohli is the fourth-most successful skipper in Test history.

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