'I had a chat with him': Kohli reveals how Tendulkar's advice 'opened up' his mind

  • Kohli has played in 31 ODIS (including the 2011 ODI World Cup) and 17 Tests with Tendulkar between 2009 and 2013.
File image of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli.(PTI)
File image of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 20, 2021 02:48 PM IST
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India captain Virat Kohli, who revealed that he went through depression during the England tour in 2014, said a conversation on mental health with legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar ‘opened up’ his mindset.

Kohli said Sachin advised him not to fight the negative feelings and instead let them pass because fighting only makes those feelings stronger.

"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 told renowned broadcaster Mark Nicholas on the latter’s podcast ‘Not Just Cricket’ according to ANI.

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Kohli has played in 31 ODIS (including the 2011 ODI World Cup) and 17 Tests with Tendulkar between 2009 and 2013.

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The India captain also said he didn’t know how to get over the negative feelings during that England tour in which he averaged 13.50 in the Test series.

"I did (feel depressed). It's not a great feeling when 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. I think when you look back at a very difficult phase, you realise that you had to go through that phase fully to be able to understand what is wrong and rectify and move forward and open yourself up for change. 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," said Kohli, recalling the England tour back in 2014.

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He also said: "For me, personally, that was a revelation that you could feel that lonely even though you a part of a big group. I won't say I didn't have people that I could speak to but not having a professional to speak to who could understand what I am going through completely, I think is a huge factor. I think I would like to see it change. 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?'"

Kohli will lead India in the third Test against England, which will be a day-night pink-ball affair in Ahmedabad starting from February 24.

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