5. Virat Kohli
Yes, our very own King Kohli in 2019 talked about his one on one with mental illness in a press conference at the Holkar stadium, Indore. He said “I've gone through a phase in my career where I felt like it was the end of the world. 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.” It was quite a rare public statement perhaps one of the firsts, which gave immense courage to the likes of Robin Uthappa and Aryaman Birla to come out and address their battle with mental illness.
Athletes spend most of their time nurturing their body but the wise ones know, it is the mental fortitude which matters the most. It is high time even for the elite federations and clubs to wake up and smell the coffee and get rid of the archaic rules and social taboo around mental health.