Every cricket fan was shattered when India was knocked out of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. India played their semi-finals against New Zealand but ended up losing World Cup after suffering defeat. During such an intense match, Ravindra Jadeja’s performance was a ray of hope for the all the cricket fans. Now for the first time, after Indians and Team India lost the prestigious world cup to New Zealand in semi-finals, the captain has spoken at length about the big heartbreak.
During his recent and candid conversation with Time Of India, Virat Kohli said, “I have learnt most in my life from failures and setbacks. The worst setbacks have not only motivated me but also improved me as a person, made me understand the importance of those times more than the success. It makes you sit down and think about what you need to do now, build a road-map for yourself. Secondly, these moments show you the people who are going to stand by you in tough times, and the people who will jump ship.”
He further added, “Most importantly, it builds your character because suddenly this thing happens. When your belief is right up there and everyone’s playing so well, and suddenly, you know, you’ve been outplayed. It’s very difficult to digest because you know you didn’t make many mistakes to be knocked out. When you make mistakes, you can point them out and take ownership of that but when you have been outplayed then the acceptance becomes difficult. You wake up and think you didn’t do much wrong but we are still out.”
Further, when he was asked how deals with the team in such times, he told TOI, “What we have spoken to the team is that you should be proud of the way you have played and must never forget that. The moment you start taking credit away from what you’ve done, you start putting unnecessary pressure on yourself. The important thing is to be humble about what you do but at the same time, don’t beat yourself up to the extent that you lose your admiration. That balance is very important.”
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