‘Your ego takes over…’, why did Virat Kohli say this in conversation with PM Modi?

Virat Kohli has admitted that his ‘ego’ got the better of him as he struggled to get going during the recent T20 World Cup where India became champions. Kohli was not at his best and kept getting out for low scores while fellow opener and team captain Rohit Sharma set the pace with impressive performances. Kohli opened up 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.

Modi said in the conversation that thank you very much for calling all of us here and this day will always be in my mind because in this entire tournament I could not contribute what I wanted to and at one time I also told Rahul bhai that I have not given justice to both me and the team till now. So he told me that when the situation comes, I am sure you will come into form. So we had this conversation and when we went to play, I told Rohit, I was not so confident that I would be able to bat the way I wanted.

Kohli revealed the conversation he had with Rohit after hitting three fours in the very first over of the match bowled by Marco Jansen during the T20 World Cup final against South Africa. Kohli said, “So when we went to play, I got 3 fours in the first 4 balls, so I went and told him what kind of game is this, one day it seems that not a single run will be scored and then the second day comes. And everything starts happening. So, when we lost three wickets, I had to surrender myself to the situation. My focus was only on what is important for the team.”

He said that I felt that I was pushed into that area and I cannot explain the reason behind it. Later I realized that whatever is destined will happen. So the way we won the match, how it turned around. We cannot explain what was going on in our mind. At one time we had lost hope then Hardik took that wicket (of Heinrich Klaasen). Then we got back into the rhythm with each delivery. I am happy to contribute on such a big occasion. I will never forget this.

After this, PM Modi asked Kohli about the reaction of his family. Kohli said that he could not talk much to his family due to the difference in time zones. He said that the good thing is that there was a lot of time difference so I did not talk much to my family. My mother eventually started worrying. Kohli revealed that he realized that his ego had taken over and he needed to overcome it for the benefit of the team. He said that I realized 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, it respects you. So this is what I experienced.

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