Virat Kohli in the past had opened up about his struggles with form and his mental well-being during the tour of England in 2014. The Indian skipper had a horrific series where he ended up scoring only 134 runs from four Tests. He averaged only 13, with scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6, and 20.
Virat Kohli had contrasting tours of England in 2014 and 2018. In 2014, he managed only 134 runs in five Tests at a poor average of 13.40. Four years later, he hammered 593 runs in the five-Test series. Virat Kohli averaged 59.30 with two hundred in 2018.
Virat Kohli Said Hardly Anyone Came To Help Him After The Poor Returns In the England Tour In 2014
Virat Kohli has been on two tours of England before the ongoing tour since he made his Test debut for India. In the first tour in 2014, he was all over the place, scoring just 134 runs from 10 innings, statistically the India captain’s worst in a three-Test series or more. However, four years later, Virat Kohli turned it around in style, scoring a mammoth 593 runs from five Tests, including two centuries and three fifties.
“To be honest before that Australia tour, I was treating every foreign tour like, more like an engineering exam, that I have to pass somehow and I have to show people that I can play at this level,” Kohli told Dinesh Karthik in an interaction on Sky Sports.
“There I realized that once you are down and out, there was hardly anyone who came to help me, there was hardly anyone who was looking towards me and saying listen let’s work together and you know try to get your game up to speed, everyone was just going after me left, right and center. So, I was like I am playing to prove these people long, for what, I have got nothing to do with them, they literally have nothing to contribute in my life.”
Post the tour, Virat Kohli had a successful outing in Australia later that year, having amassed colossal 692 runs in four matches at a healthy average of 86.50.
Virat Kohli Asked Sachin Tendulkar For His Help
Virar Kohli further said how talking to Sachin Tendulkar helped him. Sachin Tendulkar, legendary former Indian batsman 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.
Virat Kohli had opened up on battling depression way back in 2014 during the tour of England saying that he felt like he was the “loneliest guy in the world”.
“So, I went back home, I was down for quite a bit, the great thing that happened at that stage was, I realized who is with me, who’s not, things were filtered to an extent that I just got so relaxed when I went back home, I was like okay. I have hit a rock bottom now, no one believes in me, everyone thinks I should not be playing Test cricket, so what can I do, I can just work hard as I can,” Kohli elaborated.
“I went into a bubble, I went to Bombay as well, I called Sachin Tendulkar, I asked for his help, I said I want to get my game right, I want to understand what it is like to score runs at this level, my mindset was simple.
“I went backand I told myself, listen you can’t play Test cricket to show people that you can play in England, Australia and not get out. If you don’t score it is not a point, you play this game to make your team win. So my mindset was I am going to go to Australia and how I am going to score runs against these guys.”
“I wasn’t going out there to survive, and from the time I got backtill the Australia tour, I promise you I was visualizing every day, when I was working out in the gym, that I am hitting Mitchell Johnson.
:I am hitting these guys all over the park. Those things came to life eventually because I convinced myself to an extent, when I went there I was absolutely fearless and things just started flowing.”
He had a poor outing in the 2014 England tour, but came back strongly, slamming a couple of centuries in the same country in 2018.