On Friday, after he scored yet another century – and this one more to celebrate the form that he’s been in than having to bat his team out of trouble – the skipper left no stone unturned in conveying to the world in general that “what outsiders say doesn’t matter to this team”. The key to consistency, Kohli said, was not thinking too ahead.
“If you are thinking about being ahead of someone else then you will be found out very soon by this game, and you are compromising on what the team needs as well,” said Kohli.
Asked if he could now be termed as the best batsman in world cricket, the straight-talking skipper said: “As I said, I don’t want any tags. I don’t want any headlines. I just go out there and do my job, it is up to the people to write what they write, I don’t want to be called anything.
“It’s my job, I am supposed to do what I am doing and I am not doing anyone a favour, so just want to be in this zone of working as hard as I can and trying to do the best for the team,” he said.
“I can never do that because as I said, this is a job for me. I’m not doing anyone a favour. I’m just stepping out to do my job,” he said.