India’s Tour to England 2014 was the lowest point of Virat Kohli’s international career so far. He just scored 134 runs in the five-match Test series that England won. The Indian skipper recently shared his story on depression which he suffered during that phase of his career. It was an advice from Sachin Tendulkar at that point in time that helped Kohli ‘open up his mind’.
Kohli and Tendulkar both belong to two different eras of cricket. Yet, the current India skipper got the opportunity to share the dressing room with the cricketing icon in a total of 31 ODIs and 17 Test matches from 2009 to 2013.
In a chat with renowned broadcaster Mark Nicholas on his podcast ‘Not Just Cricket’, Kohli revealed how Tendulkar opened up his perspective towards such issues and helped him tackle the depressed state of mind.
Sachin Tendulkar’s Advice to Virat Kohli
“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,” Kohli said.
Since 2016 however, Virat Kohli has become a different cricketer in every format of the game. He is among the top five batsmen in all three formats with an average touching nearly fifty.
Since he has taken up India’s ODI and Test captaincy, his consistency as a batsman has increased manifold. He is currently leading the Indian team in a Test series for a spot in the World Test Championship finals. A win in the series would guarantee them a spot in the finals alongside New Zealand.