Asia Cup 2022, India vs Pakistan: Break and friendly dressing room rekindle Virat Kohli’s love for game
Asia Cup 2022, India vs Pakistan: After displaying new signs of his comeback at the ongoing Asia Cup, Virat Kohli remarked that a well-timed hiatus from the game and a welcoming dressing room had helped him rekindle his love for cricket.
The past year has been turbulent for Kohli, who was stripped of his captaincy and left with little runs. The 33-year-old stated this had an effect on his mental health and led him to forego the tours of the West Indies and Zimbabwe.
The right-hander, one of the best batters of his period, is still not at the top of his game when it comes to ball striking, but his three Asia Cup performances with scores of 35, 59 not out, and 60 indicate he is getting near.
Kohli claimed that the break provided him fresh eyes.
“It has given me the kind of relaxation that this is not the be-all and end-all of life,” Kohli said after Sunday’s five-wicket defeat by Pakistan.
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“I need to enjoy the game, I can’t put so much pressure on myself of expectation and all those things that I’m not able to express myself. That’s not why I started playing this game.”
“I’m happy and excited. I’m enjoying the game once again and it’s the most important thing for me.”
He was able to regain his emotional connection to the game and its “purity” thanks to the welcoming dressing area, according to Kohli.
“When I came here, the environment was very welcoming and the camaraderie with the boys is amazing.
“So I’m absolutely loving playing all over again and also feeling good with the way I’m batting.”
Should they need to address their mental health, Kohli advised players to take a break.
“I know what I can do for the team when I’m in a happy place. I being in a bad place is not good either for me or for the team.
“If you feel negative or down, taking a break isn’t a bad thing.”