Former Indian captain Virat Kohli says he has struggled with his mental health throughout his career.
Virat Kohli on Dealing with Mental Health
Virat Kohli who struggles to find his form back missed out ongoing Zimbabwe ODI series and will be back in the India squad for Asia Cup 2022. Kohli told The Indian Express newspaper that the pressure of his career had at times had a negative impact on his mental health.
“I personally have experienced times when even in a room full of people who support and love me, I felt alone, and I am sure that this is a feeling that a lot of people can relate to,” he said in an interview published Wednesday.
“It is definitely a serious issue and as much as we try to be strong at all times, it can tear you apart.”
Kohli said it was important for athletes to rest and recover from the pressures of sport and reconnect with their “core self”.
“If you lose that connection, it wouldn’t take very long for other things to crumble around you.”
His comments came just months after he revealed he had struggled with depression after failing to score runs during an England tour in 2014.
“It’s not a great feeling to wake up knowing that you won’t be able to score runs… I felt I was the loneliest guy in the world,” he said on a podcast with English commentator Mark Nicholas in February.
Virat Kohli have played 102 tests, 262 ODIs, and 99 T20Is and scored 8074, 12344, 3308, and 6624 runs. Kohli who have not scored a single T20I century has scored 70 hundred in his career.