Rahul Dravid said he decided to step down from the captaincy in mid-2007, after leading India to their first Test series win in England for 21 years, because he had stopped enjoying the job.
He did admit that he could have handled his resignation better since none of his team-mates on that England tour were informed of the resignation.
There were parts of the job, Dravid said, that he had enjoyed, despite the fact that his tenure was highlighted by the controversial coaching term of Greg Chappell and an early exit from the 2007 World Cup.
Dravid also said it is time the Indian team goes through a transition and a new group of leaders emerges to act as a link between his generation and the next.
Dravid announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket earlier this month, and India's other two senior batsmen, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, are both in their late 30s.