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I’ve felt alone: Virat Kohli opens up about his mental health

India’s batter star India captain Virat Kohli said that the constant pressure and scrutiny can affect the mental health of a sportsperson negatively and has personally experienced it, adding he had felt alone, at times, despite being in a room full of people.

Kohli has been subject to constant scrutiny, especially in the recent past wherein he has gone through a lean patch in international cricket. He quit T20I as well as IPL captaincy to ease up the pressure. The star batter was removed as ODI captain following which he also gave up Test captaincy in an unforeseen manner earlier this year following a series defeat in South Africa.

Virat, who is one of the fittest cricketers in world cricket despite being on the wrong side of the 30s, has been vocal about the importance of mental health and breaks for cricketers. He has also often shed light on how the pandemic has made life difficult for athletes as they have to constantly deal with restrictions and bio-bubble environments.

After taking a rest while India toured West Indies and Zimbabwe, the 35-year-old is all set to play in the upcoming 2022 Asia Cup, which gets underway in the UAE on August 27.

“For an athlete, the sport can bring the best out of you as a player but at the same time, the amount of pressure that you are constantly under can affect your mental health negatively. It is definitely a serious issue and as much as we try to be strong at all times, it can tear you apart,” Kohli told The Indian Express.

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