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“In a room full of people who support and love me, I felt alone”: Virat Kohli on mental health struggles

Virat Kohli on mental health struggles
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Virat Kohli has been a superstar in the field of cricket for over a decade now. He has been that one cricketer to whom everyone looks up with respect. However, with such fame and stardom comes the responsibility to perform consistently. And the player is currently facing the repercussions of constant failure.

In an interview, “King Kohli,” as many people and fans would like to call him, opened up about dealing with his mental demons in the past year or so.

Recently, Kohli has been going through a rough patch. He has not scored a century in nearly three years, and his overall performance is also down. To put a hammer in the coffin, he also got stripped of his captaincy after India’s dismal performance in the last T20 World Cup.

Kohli on dealing with mental health

On Thursday, Kohli talked about battling through this face with Indian express. The ex-Indian captain said, “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. So, take out time for yourself and reconnect with your core self. If you lose that connection, it wouldn’t take very long for other things to crumble around you.

“You need to learn how to compartmentalise your time so that there’s balance. It takes practice like anything else in life, but it’s something worth investing in, that’s the only way to feel a sense of sanity and enjoyment while doing your work,” he added.

Kohli is currently rested for the Zimbabwe tour. And he has admitted that relaxing with family and travelling have helped him immensely.

The whole world, even adversaries, wants Kohli to come out strong from this lean phase. And show the world what he is made of in the upcoming World CUP.

But, Kohli will be seen in action later this month, as he partakes in the Asia Cup starting on the 27th of August. India will take on Pakistan for their opening encounter on the 28th.

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