After registering his maiden double century in Test cricket on Friday (July 22), Kohli said knowing about fans' expectations while interacting with people in the dressing gives him more pressure than batting alone.
"I think what a lot of people don't understand is that there is more pressure when you're not batting. When you are in the change room, you're interacting with people, you get to know what people are saying and what people close to you expect from you. I think those are the things that give pressure," Kohli told the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) website when asked about how he remains calm despite high expectations from fans. (Have the ability to score big hundreds: Kohli)
The 27-year-old Delhi right-hander made these comments after the close of play on the second day of the first Test against West Indies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Kohli's magnificent 200 put India in control of the contest. (Fans hail Kohli's knock)
The captain declared India's innings at 566/8 and the home side was 31/1 at stumps. The other highlight of the day was Ravichandran Ashwin's 113.
Explaining how he feels when he walks out to the ground and while batting, Kohli said, "When I go out to bat, I am all by myself and my batting partner. People don't understand that I am actually at a lot of peace when I am batting alone out there because I don't have to interact with too many people and don't have to listen to their expectations or know what they require of me.
"I can literally reflect on myself, understand what my thoughts and mood are and then work on those things. That is why I always prefer being out there in the middle than getting to know these things from people."
For Kohli, it is a "blessing" that people are expecting him to score all the time. "When you perform for a certain period of time, people are going to expect things from you, but I take that up as a blessing. If people expect me to go out there and perform, it is because they like the way I play. They want me to do well so that the team can do well. I always wanted to be in that position so I have no complaints about it. I rather feel happy about it and I feel grateful that I am in this situation," he said.
Kohli has become the first Indian captain in the country's 84-year history in the longer format to score a double century in an overseas Test.