'Ego kicks in': Virat Kohli honestly admits his poor form during T20 World Cup to PM Narendra Modi

Virat Kohli has admitted that his 'ego' got the better of him after India won the recently concluded T20 World Cup. Kohli was not in his usual best form and was consistently getting out on low scores, while fellow opener and team captain Rohit Sharma was maintaining the momentum by consistently performing impressively.

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Kohli spoke about his struggles during a conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who invited India's World Cup-winning team to his official residence on Thursday morning.

“First of all, thank you very much for inviting us,” Kohli said. “This day (T20 World Cup final) will always stay with me because throughout the tournament, I wasn't able to contribute at the level I wanted to (for the team).

He further said, “There came a time when I told Rahul Brother I am still not doing justice to myself and the team. He replied 'When the situation demands, I am confident you will do well'. So the kind of tournament I played, I was not confident I would be able to bat the way I wanted to during the final.”

Kohli revealed the conversation he had with Rohit during the T20 World Cup final against South Africa, when he smashed three fours in the very first over of the match bowled by Marco Jansen.

“When I hit three boundaries off four balls, I told Rohit, 'What kind of a game is this! One day you feel you won't be able to score a single run and then there's a day when everything starts falling into place. So, when we lost three wickets, I had to surrender to the situation. I was only focusing on what was important for the team,” Kohli recalled.


He said, “I felt I was pushed into that zone and I can't explain the reason behind it. Later, I realised that whatever is written in destiny will happen. That's why the way we won the match, how it turned out. We can't explain what was going on in our minds. At one point we had lost hope, then Hardik took that wicket (of Heinrich Klaasen). Then we got into rhythm on every ball. I am happy that I contributed on such a big occasion. I will never forget this.”

After this, Prime Minister Modi asked Kohli about his family's reaction.

He asked, “There are moments when everyone stops believing in themselves and sometimes that becomes the driving force. But tell me, how did your family react?”

Kohli said he was not able to interact much with his family because of the time zone difference.

“The good thing is that the time difference was huge, so I didn't talk to my family much. My mother would get worried,” Kohli said.

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  • Kohli revealed that he has realised that his ego has taken over and he needs to put it aside for the sake of the team.

    He said, “I realised that when you think you can do anything, your ego takes over and the game goes away from you. I had to put my ego aside. The situation was such that I had to put my pride aside for the team. When you respect the game, the game respects you. So that is what I experienced.”

    Firoz Khan

    Firoz Khan has been covering sports for the last 12 years and is currently working in Mumbai.

    first published: July 05, 2024, 16:54 IST

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