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Kohli admits to battling depression during Eng tour in 2014

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Team India skipper Virat Kohli revealed that he suffered depression after a disastrous tour of England in 2014. Kohli had a tough time with that against England in the 2014 Test series as he registered scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0,7, 6 and 20 in five Tests, averaging 13.50 in his 10 innings.

Veteran English pacer James Anderson made it difficult for Kohli to survive in the middle during the England tour as he was constantly edging his deliveries behind the stumps during the tour.

In a conversation with former England player Mark Nicholas on his ‘Not Just Cricket’ podcast, Kohli conceded that went through a tough phase during the particularly difficult tour.

“Yes, I did,” was his response when asked whether he had suffered from depression at the time.

“…it’s not a great feeling to wake up knowing that you won’t be able to score runs and I think all batsmen have felt that at some stage that you are not in control of anything at all,” he recalled.

Kohli claims that he felt like the ‘loneliest guy in the world’ at the moment as he wasn’t able to overturn the things in his favour.

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