The issue of mental health among players in cricket was thrust out in the open after Aussie batsman Maxwell came forward with his struggles and took a break from cricket.
Virat Kohli, who is the captain of the Indian cricket team, felt that it was a ‘remarkable’ admission by Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell, when the latter stated that he was dealing with mental health issues.
“You know when you get to the international stage, every player that’s in the squad needs that communication – that ability to speak out. I think what Glenn has done is remarkable,” Kolhi said this on the eve of the first Test match against Bangladesh. The match will be held at Indore.
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He spoke about a low phase in his career when he struggled with self-doubt during the 2014 tour of England.
Kohli recalled a time when he too battled ‘end of the world thoughts’ but he had no idea how to express them.
He added, “I have gone through a phase in my career where I had felt that it was the end of the world. I just didn’t know what to do and how to communicate.”
Kohli who has played against Maxwell in the past at the IPL said that he can probably understand that things might have crossed a threshold for Maxwell.
Talking about Maxwell’s recent admission he said, “He set the right example for cricketers around the world. If you are not in the best frame of mind, you try, try and try, but as human beings, you reach a tipping point at some stage and you need time.”
The 31-year-old feels that it should be ‘acceptable’ if someone doesn’t have the ‘mental capacity’ to deal with off-field stuff and should be given ‘space’ to deal with it.