Team India striker Virat Kohli has urged aspiring sportsmen to focus on mental health as well as physical well-being. Sharing his own experiences, he remembers sometimes feeling alone despite being surrounded by loved ones.
Kohli is currently going through a low point in his cricketing career. He hasn’t scored a hundred since November 2019 and his form with the willow has been irritated for over two years now.
Despite his struggles, he managed to retain his passion and aggression. When asked how he maintains his mental well-being despite all the pressure and criticism, Kohli told The Indian Express in an interview:
“For an athlete, sport can get the most out of you as a player, but at the same time the pressure you’re constantly under can negatively affect your mental health. It’s definitely a serious issue and even though we’re trying to Being strong at all times can tear you apart.
Sharing his advice for future athletes, the former Indian cricket captain added:
“My advice to aspiring athletes would be that yes, fitness and a focus on recovery is key to being a good athlete, but at the same time staying in constant contact with your inner self is crucial.”
Speaking about his own battle with mental health, he admitted to feeling lonely despite lots of support around him. He precised :
“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. So take time for yourself and reconnect with your inner self. If you lose that connection, it won’t be long for other things to crumble around you.
“You have to learn to compartmentalize your time so that there is a balance. It takes practice like anything else in life, but it’s something worth investing in, it’s the only way to feel a sense of sanity and enjoyment while doing your job.
The right-handed hitter is currently preparing for the Asian Cup, which will be played in the United Arab Emirates from August 27 to September 11.
“Competition brings out the best in me” – Virat Kohli
In the interview, the star hitter was asked what he thinks is the hardest thing to do as a sportsman. He has answered:
“I believe competition brings out the best in me in terms of agility and focus, and in a sport like cricket you have to strive to be precise in what you do and there is no room for error – this challenges me as a person, and is actually something I look forward to the most!
“It’s a big task every time as an athlete to make sure that when the season is on you focus on the ultimate goal which is to try and get your team to win. But challenges help achieve excellence after all.
Considered one of the greatest hitters to grace the game, Kohli amassed 23,726 runs in international cricket. He has reached 70 international centuries – 43 in ODI and 27 in Tests.