Virat Kohli gets candid about his mental health and revealed that he felt mentally down after the tour of England in 2022. He revealed that for the first time in 10 years, he did not touch his bat for a month.
The former Indian captain who has been out of form scored only 76 runs across one test match, two t20s and two ODIs against England. After the England tour, Kohli took a break and missed the West Indies and Zimbabwe tours.
The highest run scorer of India will return to the game at the Asia Cup. He will be hoping to make a comeback when India takes on Pakistan on August 28 in their first match in Asia Cup 2022.
Virat Kohli who is known for his high energy and enthusiasm on the ground revealed that his mental health forced him to take a break from the sport. The last time he had such difficulties was back in 2014 during the tour of England.
Kohli revealed that for the first time in 10 years, he did not touch his bat for a month. He came to the realization that he was trying to fake intensity a bit recently. He was convincing himself that he had the intensity. But his body was telling him to stop. His mind was telling him to take a break and step back, Kohli said in a video shared by Star Sports.
“I’m looked at as a guy who is mentally very strong and I am. But everyone has a limit and you need to recognize that limit, otherwise things can get unhealthy for you. This period taught me a lot of things that I wasn’t allowed to come to surface. When they eventually came up, I embraced it.
He further said that he is not shy to admit that he was feeling mentally down. This is a very normal thing to feel, but we don’t speak because we are hesitant. We don’t want to be looked at as mentally weak. Trust me, faking to be strong is far worse than admitting to be weak,” he said.