Asia Cup 2022: Didn’t touch my bat for a month, says Virat Kohli on feeling ‘mentally down’ before his break
Asia Cup 2022: Star batter of India Virat Kohli will be aiming to bounce back in the good form when India takes on arch-rival Pakistan in the Asia Cup on Sunday. He hasn’t scored an international century in more than 1,000 days, and talk about his slump form is only growing.
In an interview with the broadcaster Star Sports, Kohli explained why he needed to take a break from playing cricket and said that he didn’t pick up his bat for a month.
“For the first time in 10 years, I didn’t touch my bat for a month. I came to the realisation that I was trying to fake my intensity a bit recently. I was convincing myself that no, you had the intensity. But your body was telling you to stop. The mind was telling me to take a break and step back,” Kohli said.
“I’m looked at as a guy who is mentally very strong and I am. But everyone has a limit and you need to recognize that limit, otherwise, things can get unhealthy for you. This period taught me a lot of things that I wasn’t allowed to come to the surface. When they eventually came up, I embraced them,” he added.
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Star batsman Virat Kohli will play for his country in his 100th T20I match and become the first player in history to play a hundred matches for India in all formats of the game when India takes the field to play archrivals Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday to open their Asia Cup 2022 campaign.
Kohli stated in a different interview with BCCI that he will do whatever it takes to help his team win a game.
All eyes will be riveted to the TVs on Sunday, and fans are praying that Virat scores a major goal and that India avenges their previous loss to Pakistan.
“I want to make my team win at any cost and if that means that I am gasping for breath and I walk off the field, so be it. I mean that’s the kind of preparation I go through to be able to play like that. Wo naturally nahi ho raha tha aur mujhe push karna pad raha tha (I was not able to get that high intensity naturally, I was pushing myself to do it). But I just didn’t know it,” said Kohli.
T20I Asia Cup matches will played from August 27 to September 11.