‘Was placing an excessive amount of stress on myself’, Virat Kohli


Dubai: Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli said he was “putting too much pressure” on himself in the early IPL matches but the Super Over game against Mumbai Indians “opened his mindset” and helped him turn it around for the better. Kohli, who was struggling with his form early in the tournament, blasted an unbeaten 90 off 52 balls in RCB’s 37-run win over Chennai Super Kings on Saturday night. “I was trying to do too much and putting too much pressure on myself, taking focus away from what I need to do — watch the ball and bat. Sometimes you forget you’re only a player out there, and the responsibility then kicks in,” Kohli said. “If you think too much about responsibility, you get burdened and you don’t play as a player. Your skills are also required for your team’s success. That Super Over where I had to strike every ball, else we would have lost, really opened my mindset. And then I started enjoying training, enjoying batting.” pti



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