Virat Kohli opens up on fight with depression
Indian captain Virat Kohli is currently involved in the home series against England. The first two Tests have been done and dusted. England took the opening lead in the series by beating the hosts by 227 runs in Chennai.
However, Team India made a stellar rebound in the second match where they defeated the visitors by 317 runs at Chepauk Stadium. In the process, they went on to register the biggest ever win over England in the longest format of the game.
The Indian skipper scored 72 and 62 in the first and second Test match. It’s been a long time since he scored a century. In fact, it has been more than 400 days since he scored a century.
Meanwhile, in a recent interaction with England’s renowned commentator Mark Nicholas on his podcast, the Indian captain opened up on the toughest period of his professional career. He confessed that he went through depression during the team’s tour of England wherein he registered a series of low scores, accumulating only 134 runs in 10 innings.
Kohli who was also one of the top batsmen at that time added that during that phase there was literally nothing he could do to turn things around. He went on to add saying that he felt like he was the loneliest person in the world.
When he was asked whether he had suffered from depression during India’s tour of England in 2014, Kohli said: “Yes, I did. It’s not a great feeling to wake up knowing that you won’t be able to score runs and I think all batsmen have felt that at some stage that you are not in control of anything at all,” the skipper recalled.
“You just don’t understand how to get over it. That was a phase when I literally couldn’t do anything to overturn things…I felt like I was the loneliest guy in the world,” the 32-year-old captain said of the England tour.
“Personally, for me, 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 who 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,” the Delhi-born cricketer added.
Shockingly, Kohli had no clue about England’s challenge as he registered scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0,7, 6 and 20 as James Anderson dismissed him on 4 occasions. Kohli further added saying that people should change their perspective towards depression.
“Someone whom 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?’
“Lot of people suffer from that feeling for longer periods of time, it carries on for months, it carries on for a whole cricket season, people are not able to get out of it,” Kohli added.