A master of chases, Virat Kohli said he never had self doubts at any time, including while engineering those big chases in high-pressure international matches.
“To be honest, I never doubted myself in game situations,” the Indian skipper said during an Instagram Live session with Bangladesh star Tamim Iqbal. “Everyone who is human has doubts and weaknesses. Have their negatives. So in practice during tours, if you haven’t had a good session you feel you don’t have that flow.
“Yes, doubts creep in then and it’s at the back of your mind. Key is to keep going and get into that zone till you feel that it was just distraction. If I believe I am good enough, then I am good enough.”
The prolific scorer added, “Best part about match situation is that you don’t need to think so much. You react to situations knowing your role.
“Negative voices always come off the field when you are not in competition mode.”
Kohli said in his childhood, while watching India games, he would often go to sleep thinking that he could have helped the team to victory.
“Honestly, when I was a kid, I used to watch India games and (when I) see them lose, I would go to sleep thinking I could have won that match. If I am chasing 380, I never feel that you can’t achieve it.”
“In 2011 in Hobart, we had to chase 340 in 40 overs to qualify. At the break I told (Suresh) Raina that we will approach this match as two 20 over games. 40 overs is a big duration. Let’s first play 20 and see how many runs are scored and then play another T20 game.”
Unarguably one of the best batsmen to have played the game, Kohli said he had to change his approach to batting to suit his requirement, which comprised playing the ball along the ground instead of going over the top.
“I changed because I wanted to hit all around the ground. The static position was making my options limited. My basic funda of batting is that if your hips are in perfect position then you can play any shot. Static position wasn’t working well for me.
“But it works for a lot of players. Like Sachin Tendulkar had a static stance all his life and he never had a problem. His technique was far superior with excellent hand-eye coordination.
“For me I had to change it accordingly to suit my needs. I tried little, little things in my batting as you would never know if you don’t try.”
Continuing, he said unless a player tries out new things in match situations, he would never be able to perfect them.
“… So my advice is even if you try a lot in practice, do try out new things in one or two games to check if it works or not.
“Because if you execute it under pressure in match situations then you get a different kind of confidence. Practice prepares you but execution in match makes you confident. Key is to have an open mind when it comes to improvising. “