Even today, when such things are spoken of more candidly, sportsmen find it difficult to discuss mental health issues. So when Virat Kohli, India's most lionised sportsman does so, we realise how pervasive it can be — and how much needs to be done. Kohli spoke recently of his depression on the 2014 England tour when he struggled, making just 134 runs in ten innings over five Tests. Not the first time This is not the first time Kohli has spoken about his state of mind on that tour. He mentioned it ahead of the Test against Bangladesh about a year and a half ago. A couple of years before that he had told a website, "People have gone into depression and it's a very dangerous situation. I have gone through those times…not many people realise how badly criticism can hit an individual." For Kohli it was a one-series thing; on the next tour, to Australia, he made 692 runs including four centuries. Others may not have been so lucky. England cricketers Marcus Trescothick and Graeme Fowler have written movingly about the depression that affected their careers, and thus pointed out the difference between situational depression, as described by Kohli… Read full this story
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