“Even in a room full of people who support me and love me, I felt alone”: Virat Kohli


Indian superstar Virat Kohli, who has taken his team to unprecedented heights, says he has struggled with mental health issues throughout his career, local media reported on Thursday. The 33-year-old ex-captain has built a reputation for direct aggression and an exemplary hitting, leading his side to the top of the standings over five days. But the man dubbed ‘King’ Kohli by the Indian media has been plagued by poor form and has been stripped of his all-format captaincy since late last year after a dismal showing at the World Cup. world T20 2021.

Kohli told The Indian Express newspaper that the pressure of her career has had a negative impact on her mental health at times.

“Personally, I’ve had times when even in a room full of people who support me and love me, I felt lonely, and I’m sure that’s a feeling that a lot of people can relate to.” , he said in an interview published on Wednesday. .

“It’s definitely a serious issue and although we try to be strong at all times, it can tear you apart.”

Kohli said it was important for athletes to rest and recover from the pressures of sport and reconnect with their “base selves”.

“If you lose that connection, it won’t be long before other things fall apart around you.”

His comments came just months after he revealed he had battled depression after failing to score on a tour of England in 2014.

“It’s not a great feeling waking up knowing you can’t score any points… I felt like the loneliest guy in the world,” he said during a podcast with English commentator Mark Nicholas in February.


Kohli, one of the highest paid athletes in the world, hasn’t scored a century in any format since 2019.

After resting for the recent tour of the West Indies, he has now been named in India’s T20 squad for the Asian Cup which begins with a game against rivals Pakistan.

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