India’s star batter Virat Kohli started the new year with a comprehensive century which he scored against Sri Lanka in the first ODI on Tuesday (10 January). Kohli scored 113 runs off 87 balls and helped India post a mammoth total on the board. Eventually, it turned out to be a match-winning knock as the Men in Blue beat Sri Lanka by 67 runs. Quite obviously, Kohli was named the Player of the Match and also featured in BCCI’s post-match interview.
Kohli was interviewed by Suryakumar Yadav who asked some really good questions. Yadav asked Kohli to take the viewers through his journey in the last two years when runs had dried up for the batting maestro. The batter happily obliged to the request and explained how frustration and crankiness started creeping in when Kohli was struggling to put on some runs against his name.
The 34-year-old then also talked about the effect of his behaviour on his close ones, especially his wife, Anushka Sharma. Kohli said that he felt it was unfair on Anushka to see him in such a space.
“Sometimes what happens is that you’ll experience it too as you are playing regularly now, people start to expect you to perform every time. They are like he will certainly do the job and, to keep up with those expectations is a very intense process. When your cricket is going well, everything else falls into place but as soon as there is a dip, frustration starts to creep in,” said Kohli to Surya.
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“In my case too, frustration started creeping in. I wanted to play in a certain way, according to the expectations of everyone and mine as well. But cricket was not allowing me to do that and hence I found myself way too far from where my game was. My attachments and desires had totally taken over. And that is when I realised that I can’t be totally away from who I am and I can’t live in denial. Because, in my case, it brought me more frustration. I was getting very cranky, very snappy in my space which was not fair on anyone around me- Anushka and closed ones.”
“I think it’s not fair on the people that support you and are with you all the time to keep seeing you in that space. So, I had to take responsibility and put things in perspective,” Kohli added.