Asia Cup 2022: Amid his struggle for form, former India captain Virat Kohli has opened up on his battle with the inner…
Asia Cup 2022: Amid his struggle for form, former India captain Virat Kohli has opened up on his battle with the inner demons. The 33-year-old has been the focal point of criticism and debate from cricket fans around the globe and will return to international cricket after a month-long break during the Asia Cup. Kohli’s place in the side is up for debate and the former India captain will aim to shut his critics down starting with the India vs Pakistan match on August 28. Follow Asia Cup 2022 LIVE on Insidesport.IN
Asia Cup 2022: Virat Kohli opens up on mental health amid struggles with form, says ‘In a room full of people, I felt alone’
Speaking about his mental health and the pressures of being a top level athlete, Virat Kohli revealed that it was important to stay in touch with one’s inner self. The 33-year-old, who gave away all forms of captaincy in the last 9 months, said that he at times felt ‘alone’ despite being in a room full of people.
In an interview with the Indian Express, Kohli said, “For an athlete, the sport can bring the best out of you as a player but at the same time, the amount of pressure that you are constantly under, can affect your mental health negatively. It is definitely a serious issue and as much as we try to be strong at all times, it can tear you apart.”
“My tips to aspiring athletes would be that yes, physical fitness and focus on recovery is the key to being a good athlete, but at the same time, it is crucial to consistently keep in touch with your inner self. 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, said the ex Indian skipper
He added, “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.”