‘End of the world’: Kohli opens up on struggles

Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has set an example by taking a break from the game to address his mental health issues, according to India captain Virat Kohli.

Maxwell has taken an indefinite time out to deal with an issue rarely discussed in the subcontinent's cricketing circles but Kohli was has a clear view on the situation and says there should not be any negativity about such situations.

"I think what Glenn has done is remarkable," the 31-year-old told reporters on the eve of India's opening Test against Bangladesh that begins on Thursday.

 

Glenn Maxwell is taking a break from cricket to deal with mental health issues. Picture: AAP
Glenn Maxwell is taking a break from cricket to deal with mental health issues. Picture: AAP

"It has set the right example for cricketers around the world that if you're not in the best frame of mind you try, and try and try, but as human beings you reach a tipping point at some stage or the other.

"And you need time away from the game. Not to say you give up, but just to gain more clarity."

Kohli pointed to his own struggle during the 2014 tour of England when runs dried up and he could not find anyone to confide in.

"I've gone through a phase in my career where I felt like it was the end of the world," he said.

"In England 2014, I didn't know what to do, what to say to anyone, and how to speak and how to communicate. And to be honest, I couldn't have said: 'I'm not feeling great mentally and I need to get away from the game'.

"Because you never know how that's taken."

Kohli admits he struggled on the 2014 tour of England. Picture: Getty
Kohli admits he struggled on the 2014 tour of England. Picture: Getty

It should be fine for cricketers to take a break and try and return refreshed, he said.

"I'm absolutely for it...these things should be of great importance. Because if you think that a player is important enough for the team or for Indian cricket to go forward, I think they should be looked after.

"I think is quite acceptable and quite a nice thing to do. I think these things should be respected and not taken in a negative way at all because this is happening at a human level..."

 

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