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Virat Kohli Explains How Sachin Tendulkar helps him to Battle Depression

Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday said he is proud of Virat Kohli after the Indian skipper decided to open up on his battle against depression in 2014 during the tour of England.

Virat Kohli praises Sachin Tendulkar

“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,” Kohli told renowned broadcaster Mark Nicholas on the latter’s podcast ‘Not Just Cricket’ according to ANI.

Kohli has played in 31 ODIS (including the 2011 ODI World Cup) and 17 Tests with Tendulkar between 2009 and 2013.

Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli in World Cup 2011 winning celebration
Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli in World Cup 2011 winning celebration

The India captain also said he didn’t know how to get over the negative feelings during that England tour in which he averaged 13.50 in the Test series.

“I did (feel depressed). It’s not a great feeling when wake up knowing that you won’t be able to score any runs and I think all batsmen have felt that at some stage or the other that you are not in control of anything at all. And you just don’t understand how to get over it.

I think when you look back at a very difficult phase, you realise that you had to go through that phase fully to be able to understand what is wrong and rectify and move forward and open yourself up for change. That was a phase where I literally couldn’t do anything to overturn what I was going through. I felt like I was the loneliest guy in the world,” said Kohli, recalling the England tour back in 2014.

He also said: “For me, personally, that was a revelation that you could feel that lonely even though you a part of a big group. I won’t say I didn’t have people that I could speak to but not having a professional to speak to who could understand what I am going through completely, I think is a huge factor. I think I would like to see it change.

Someone that you can go to at any stage, have a conversation around, and say ‘Listen this is what I am feeling, I am finding it hard to even go to sleep, I feel like I don’t want to wake up in the morning. I have no confidence in myself, what do I do?'”

Sachin Tendulkar’s Reply

Tendulkar, on Saturday, retweeted a story done by HT on Kohli’s podcast interview and expressed how he felt about the India skipper’s words.

“@imVkohli, proud of your success & decision to share such personal experiences,” he wrote

“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,” Tendulkar added.

Kohli will lead India in the third Test against England, which will be a day-night pink-ball affair in Ahmedabad starting from February 24.

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