The Telegraph
Tuesday , July 1 , 2014
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Don’t feel the need to prove anything: Virat

London: Virat Kohli has seen success across all formats during the last few years which elevated him to the status of his team’s No. 1 batsman. Kohli, however, feels that there comes a point in one’s career when one doesn’t feel an urge “to prove anything to others.”

“Initially, you try to prove it to the critics that you’re good enough to play at this level. Now I don’t feel the need to prove anything to people. It’s not that I believe I have achieved it all, but because I’ve realised that it is not important to prove anything to others. It’s (more) important what I think of my performances and what I expect from myself,” Kohli said on Monday.

Kohli believes he would do well with without advice from people when it comes to scoring big runs in England. “Playing a Test series in England is a big thing in my mind and I don’t need people to tell me that he needs to score big runs there or that this is the big test for him. “I know that I want to score runs here and in every other country because I want to be the best.”

Kohli then took a dig at critics who will be scathing in their analysis if a player has one bad series. “Cricket critics in our country are strange. You may have scored runs everywhere, but if you don’t do so in one country or series, they start doubting if you’re good enough.

“They did that to the seniors as well during the fag end of their careers. If you want someone to do well, you say positive things to and about them and not pull them down saying if they don’t prove themselves in certain conditions, they will remain flat-track bullies.

“I have stopped paying attention to them. When I get out, I’m the first one who feels about it.” Having been Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s deputy, Kohli admits to have picked up subtle nuances about the ‘art of captaincy’. (PTI)