Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli questions why failure is a matter of ‘life and death’ for sub-continent cricketers

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Virat Kohli was speaking hours before setting off for England to compete in the ICC Champions Trophy, where India will hope to defend the silverware they won three summers ago.They feel that improve as a cricketer every series that play. Sometimes, not in our own heads but the atmosphere around us is built in a way that becomes like a life and death kind of series and specially for sub-continent cricketers, he said here todayIndia will open their campaign with a high-profile match against arch-rivals Pakistan in Birmingham on 4 June. Kohli said that his sole ambition is to win matches for India.If players don’t do well in India and then go back, there is no hype around it, you don’t do well away from India it is like a knife hanging on your neck, so he don’t believe in those things.

He would never play for redemption, his only motivation is to keep winning games for the country and doesn’t matter the conditions, it might be in sub-continent, it might be England, Australia, South Africa, the aim always is to win games and he is willing to do whatever he can to be able to achieve that for the team.The batting mainstay then sought to take things easy.The Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore finished last in the Indian Premier League, prompting him to say that the past season made him aware of his limitations.After the kind of season we (India) had, when you have a tournament like that (IPL), it teaches lot about yourself as person at few levels, from the mindset point of view it made him realise that he can’t possibly do everything in every game, and sometimes people might start looking at him like that, but as a human being you need to understand your limitations as well sometimes and you need to take a backward step.

The right-handed batsman said that almost everything went against them this IPL season.Sometimes it was so bizarre, everything we tried was just going against us, he never experienced that in a side, not all 11, all the 15 guys were in the same mindset, he never seen that, it was quite bizarre, may be to teach him that he need to balance things out and take a backward step in how much he can do on the field. In how much intensely he can play with, may be chose your phases and as he keep getting older, those things need to be a learning as well, he don’t want to burn out too quickly as well.”

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