Former India National Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli has opened up on his mental health struggles and revealed the reason behind taking a long break from cricket ahead of the Asia Cup 2022.
The 33-year-old India National Cricket Team star batter Virat Kohli, who has been going through a lengthy lean patch, is all set to return to action in the Asia Cup 2022, which is scheduled to be played from August 27 to September 11 in UAE, after a break of over a month.
After the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, Kohli participated only in one assignment for India, the tour of England, which was a forgettable one for the batter. Across 6 innings he registered the highest score of 20. After the England series, Kohli was rested for the entire limited-overs series against West Indies and Zimbabwe.
In an interview with Star Sports, Kohli, who is known for his tremendous intensity and aggression on the field, said that he didn’t touch the bat for a month during his recent break. He further admitted that he felt mentally exhausted and was trying to fake his intensity.
“For the first time in 10 years, I did not touch the bat for one month. I came to the realisation that I was kind of trying to fake my intensity a bit recently, you know you can do that, you are competitive and you are saying I have the intensity but your body is telling you to stop and it is telling you to take a break and step back.
“I am looked at as a guy who is very mentally strong and I am. Everyone has a limit and you need to recognise that limit otherwise things can get unhealthy for you,” Kohli said.
This period taught me a lot– Virat Kohli
Kohli further said that he doesn’t feel shy in admitting that he was “feeling mentally down”. He also had a message for people, who are hesitant to admit they are feeling mentally low, Kohli said “faking to be strong is far worse than admitting to be weak”.
“This period taught me a lot, you know many things I was not allowing to come to the surface. When it surfaced, I embraced it. I am not shy to accept that I was feeling mentally down, it is a normal thing to feel but we don’t speak because we are hesitant, we don’t want to be looked at as mentally weak or weak people. Trust me, faking to be strong is far worse than admitting to be weak,” he added.
It's @imVkohli like you've never seen him before as he opens up to his fans in a special episode of Virat: Heart To Heart.
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) August 27, 2022
In their Asia Cup 2022 opener, India National Cricket Team will go head-to-head with arch-rivals Pakistan National Cricket Team at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday, August 28.
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