Indian batsman Virat Kohli has shown signs of returning to his usual cricket after his splendid innings against Pakistan in the first super-four match of the Asia Cup that was held on Sunday. Though India lost the match to its arch-rival, Kohli has a moment of a breather after coming back to form in the midst of social media attacks by the Indian fans for getting defeated by the neighbour.
Virat Kohli scored 60 runs off 44 balls and his game was vital to put a competitive score on the board. He was the highest run scorer on the Indian side in Sunday's match and after embracing the defeat for the first time in the series, Kohli spilled the beans for the first time about an untold event that happened while he was going through an out-of-form ordeal.
The former Indian captain has revealed that MS Dhoni was the only one who reached out to him after quitting the Test captaincy. Addressing the press conference after Sunday's match, Kohli said, "I can tell you one thing: when I left Test captaincy, I got a message from only one person, with whom I have played previously- that was MS Dhoni."
He further said, "Many people have my number. On TV, lots of people give suggestions, people have a lot to say, but whoever had my number, no one sent a message." "That respect, that connection you have with anyone, when it is genuine, it shows in this fashion because there is security at both ends. Neither does he (Dhoni) need anything from me, nor do I need anything from him, and neither was he insecure from me or I was insecure from him. I can only say- if I want to say anything to anyone, I reach out to that person individually even if you want to help me", he added.
He said, "I mean, if you give the suggestions in front of the world, it has no value for me. If it is for my improvement you could talk with me one-on-one that I genuinely want you to do well. I live life with a lot of honesty, so I see such things. I am not saying that it doesn't matter to me, but you see the real thing. I can only say that. When you play for such a long time, when you play with honesty, who gives is the Almighty. Until I play, until I am worthy of playing, I will play like this only."
"I didn't think I'd go a month without touching my bat, but the situation became such that I had to take a break. More mentally than physically. Then you realise when you bat again after a month why you started playing the game. That realisation is lost at times, the way people look at you, and cheer for you when you're on the ground, at such times you can lose that realisation", he added.
He further stated, "That drive and purity for the game, that joy dissipates. It was important to rediscover that again for me. When I am happy in my space, then I know what I can do for the team. Me being in a bad space is neither good for the team nor for me. I think no one should run away from this, if someone is feeling negative or low, taking a break isn't a bad thing."
He contended, "And I hope people will derive strength from that and address whatever they are feeling. We are all human, everyone can feel this way. But to recognise that and care about it is important. If you ignore it, you will get more frustrated. This is something I realised and I got a lot of help. I am happy, I am excited and having fun playing cricket again, which was the most important thing for me."