Sachin Tendulkar Commends Virat Kohli For Sharing “Personal Experience” Of Battling Depression

Virat Kohli said his mindset opened up after having a conversation with Sachin Tendulkar.© AFP

A day after Virat Kohli opened up about his battle with depression and revealed how an advice given by Sachin Tendulkar helped him change his mindset, the batting great took to Twitter to commend Kohli for sharing such personal experiences with everyone. The former India batsman also said that he was proud of Kohli’s success. “@imVkohli, proud of your success & decision to share such personal experiences. These days youngsters are constantly judged on social media. Thousands speak about them but not to them. We need to be able to listen to them and help them flourish,” Sachin Tendulkar tweeted.

The Indian skipper, in a conversation with former England player and renowned broadcaster Mark Nicholas on his ‘Not Just Cricket’ podcast, opened up about his battle with depression during India’s 2014 tour of England while he was going through a lean patch. 

Kohli, who endured a horror run with the bat in that series, conceded that he went through a tough phase during that tour and felt like he “was the loneliest guy in the world”.


In the podcast, Kohli also revealed how his mindset opened up after having a conversation with Sachin Tendulkar about “mental side of the things”. Kohli explained that Sachin advised him that if you are going through a strong negative feeling, the best way to deal with it is by letting it past rather than fighting it, which only helps it grow 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,” said the Indian skipper.

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