'Everyone was just going after me left, right & centre; hardly anyone came to help: Kohli on low of 2014 England tour
The 2014 tour of England was one of the darkest phases of Virat Kohli's professional career. Going to England as India's batting superstar, Kohli endured a horrible series, scoring 134 runs from four Tests. Kohli averaged just a shade over 13 with scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6 and 20. Although later that year, Kohli redeemed himself scoring almost 700 runs across four Tests, the India captain looked back at the time and revealed how there was no one he could turn to for help.
"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 realised 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 centre. 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."
Kohli further revealed that in the toughest of times, he turned to the great Sachin Tendulkar for advice, and how multiple pep talks with himself helped him a great deal.
"So, I went back home, I was down for quite a bit, the great thing that happened at that stage was, I realised 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 back home and 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 back home till the Australia tour, I promise you I was visualizing everyday, 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."