Virat Kohli has lauded Glenn Maxwell for the way he opted to deal with his mental health problem.
Maxwell, a few weeks back, let the Australian team management know that he was not in the right mental space to play cricket in near future and told them he needed a break from the game.
Kohli recalled the England tour of 2014 where he had averaged less than 15 in a 5-match test series and said that his mental condition on that tour was also kind of shaky. He didn’t know how to deal with it, but he didn’t make that public because he was not sure how people would take it.
“In England 2014, I just didn’t know what to do, what to say to anyone, how to speak, how to communicate. To be honest, I couldn’t have said I am not feeling great mentally and I want to get away from the game, because you never know how that’s taken.” Kohli said while addressing the press ahead of the first test match against Bangladesh.
According to Kohli, if a player comes out and says that his mental condition is not right and he can’t pursue his career for the time being, there shouldn’t be any negativity around that because it’s a totally human thing.
Kohli reckons that it’s the responsibility of the team management to take care of the players and make sure they are comfortable. Sometimes, it doesn’t happen because the coaches and the players are busy with their own roles and they are not able to see what one person in the team could be going through.
“To be very honest, you have a job to do, we have a job to do. And everyone’s focused on what they need to do so it’s very difficult for anyone to figure out what’s going on in another person’s mind.” Kohli added.