‘I am not shy to admit that I was feeling mentally down’: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli sitting on knees

Incredibly intense and aggressive on the field, Kohli is well-known for both. India has become one of the most aggressive teams throughout the years under the leadership of the 33-year-old star, and his enthusiasm frequently rubs off on his teammates. However, Kohli has now disclosed startling information regarding his mental state before ultimately deciding to take a vacation from the sport last month. The India great said that he had not “touched” his bat during his time away from the game. He also acknowledged that he had felt fatigued and had subsequently accepted his physical, mental, and emotional limitations.

Virat Kohli said in a video posted by Star Sports “For the first time in 10 years, I didn’t touch my bat for a month. I came to realisation that I was trying to fake my intensity a bit recently. I was convincing myself that no, you had the intensity. But your body was telling you to stop. The mind was telling me to take a break and step back.”

“I’m looked at as a guy who is mentally very strong and I am. But everyone has a limit and you need to recognize that limit, otherwise things can get unhealthy for you. This period taught me a lot of things that I wasn’t allowing to come to surface. When they eventually came up, I embraced it.”

In addition, Kohli mentioned that he was “mentally depressed” and talked further about the stigma associated with mental health. “I’m not shy to admit that I was experiencing a mental depression. Although it is quite normal to feel this way, we tend to keep our mouths shut out of shyness. We don’t want to come out as mentally unsound. I assure you that pretending to be strong is much worse than acknowledging weakness.

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