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Virat Kohli's conversation with Sachin Tendulkar helped him deal with depression

Friday, February 26, 2021 • Tamil Comments

Indian team skipper Virat Kohli had mentioned days ago that he had battled depression at a certain point in his career and that he felt like the loneliest guy in the world during that phase.

Virat Kohli opened up about the same In a conversation with former England player Mark Nicholas on his 'Not Just Cricket' podcast and talked about how he had a difficult time during India's tour of England in 2014. The batsman had scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0,7, 6 and 20 in five Tests, with an average of 13.50 in his 10 innings. "It's not a great feeling to wake up knowing that you won't be able to score runs and I think all batsmen have felt that at some stage that you are not in control of anything at all. You just don't understand how to get over it. That was a phase when I literally couldn't do anything to overturn things…I felt like I was the loneliest guy in the world," Kohli said.

The skipper added that he had a chat with former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and that the conversation helped him change his mindset. "I did have a chat with him about the mental side of things as well and the thing that he told me was, in cricket what he experienced was if you are going through a strong negative feeling and if that is coming into your system regularly, it is best to let it pass. If you start fighting that feeling, it grows stronger. So, that is the advice I took on board and my mindset really opened up from then on."

Commending Kohli for sharing his personal experience with everyone, Sachin Tendulkar tweeted, "@imVkohli, proud of your success & decision to share such personal experiences. These days youngsters are constantly judged on social media. Thousands speak about them but not to them. We need to be able to listen to them and help them flourish."

 

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