Sachin Tendulkar, legendary former Indian batsman on Saturday said he is proud of Virat Kohli’s achievements after the Indian skipper decided to open up on his battle against depression in 2014 during the tour of England.
Sachin Tendulkar Is Proud Of Virat Kohli’s Success & Decision To Share Personal Experiences
Virat Kohli had a substandard tour of England in 2014 as he was able to register scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0,7, 6, and 20 in the five Tests and his total average read 13.50 in 10 innings.
He felt like he was the “loneliest guy in the world” when he went through a stretch of five Tests on the England tour in 2014 without a half-century. He found it tough to adjust against the line, length, seam, and bounce of England pacers. James Anderson dismissed him 4 times while each of Stuart Broad and Chris Jordan dismissed him twice besides each of Liam Plunkett and Moeen Ali dismissed him once.
Virat Kohli has played in 31 ODIS (including the 2011 ODI World Cup) and 17 Tests with Sachin Tendulkar between 2009 and 2013.
“@imVkohli, proud of your success & decision to share such personal experiences. These days youngsters are constantly judged on social media. Thousands speak about them but not to them. We need to be able to listen to them and help them flourish,” tweeted Sachin Tendulkar.
.@imVkohli, proud of your success & decision to share such personal experiences.
These days youngsters are constantly judged on social media. Thousands speak about them but not to them.
We need to be able to listen to them and help them flourish. https://t.co/xsBThtzOTx
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 20, 2021
“I did. It’s not a great feeling when you wake up knowing that you won’t be able to score any runs and I think all batsmen have felt that at some stage or the other that you are not in control of anything at all. And you just don’t understand how to get over it.
“That was a phase where I literally couldn’t do anything to overturn what I was going through. I felt like I was the loneliest guy in the world,” Kohli said during a conversation with former England first-class cricketer Mark Nicholas on his podcast — ‘Not Just Cricket’.
He also said: “For me, personally, that was a revelation that you could feel that lonely even though you are a part of a big group. Someone that 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?'”
Virat Kohli, who described the 2014 tour as the lowest point in his career, remembers feeling alone despite having established himself as a key member of the Test side by then. In hindsight, he looks back at that phase as one where he needed professional help but didn’t seek it.
Sachin Tendulkar Advised Virat Kohli To Let Pass Negative Feelings
The Indian skipper also revealed former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s advice to him, which he “took on board” and helped him change his mindset.
“I did have a chat with him about the mental side of things as well and the thing that he told me was, in cricket what he experienced was if you are going through a strong negative feeling and if that is coming into your system regularly, it is best to let it pass. If you start fighting that feeling, it grows stronger. So, that is the advice I took on board and my mindset really opened up from then on,” he said.
Virat Kohli said veteran legendary Sachin Tendulkar advised him not to fight the negative feelings and instead let them pass because fighting only makes those feelings stronger.
Virat Kohli, who is yet to score a century in any format in more than a year now, has played some crucial innings in his last three Tests. The Indian captain scored a 74 in the day-night Test in Adelaide against Australia, a solid 73 in the second innings in the first Test in Chennai but his 62-run innings in the second innings of the second Test against England was perhaps the best.