Virat Kohli has opened up about his state of mind during the 2014 England tour, which saw him accumulating a total of 134 runs in 10 innings while being a bunny to James Anderson.
Easily the lowest point of his professional career, Kohli’s technique was scrutinized so much as well his ability. Credit to him, he overcame that phase and put up a show in the subsequent Australia tour, and the next time he was in England, but that time, he was in a state of constant berating.
Speaking about the same in Mark Nicholas’ Not Just Cricket podcast, Kohli stated that it was not a great feeling to wake up knowing that you won’t be able to score runs, adding that he felt like I was the loneliest guy in the world.
“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,” Kohli said about his mental state at the time.
“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.”
“Personally, for me that was a revelation that you could feel that lonely even though you a part of a big group. 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.”
Kohli suggests people ask for help during depression
Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore was the only team in the entire IPL who was carrying a psychologist with the squad to the UAE and Kohli stated that asking for help to a professional would be of massive help.
“I think I would like to see it change. 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 with 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. I strongly feel the need for professional help [to be] there to be very honest.”