'I Don't Live By the Myth of 'Virat Kohli,' the Legendary Batter Speaks
Kohli had a low phase of 3 years before Asia Cup 2022 (iplt20.com)
Post the Asia Cup 2022, Indian legendary batter Virat Kohli found himself back after a rock bottom of 3 long years. That downhill phase wasn't just without not scoring a hundred for the longest time, but Kohli was struggling to find love for the game and was failing to intact to inner peace.
Now back in form, Kohli is leading the run-getters charts in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. Meanwhile, during the course of the tournament, the RCB batter shared his mental state before last season's Asia Cup.
While chatting with Robin Uthappa in an exclusive interview for JioCinema, the former India captain stated that he stopped living by the myth of Virat Kohli. And suddenly, things started to fall into place for the legendary batter.
"Look I won't be dishonest with you. There was a phase where I was doing that (living up to Virat Kohli expectation) till the point became so unhealthy to the idea of Virat Kohli in people's head. Like this guy has to operate this way, he has to present himself this way, and that was eating me from inside. Because I have never been this guy who pretends or portrait that I am not," Kohli said in a heart-warming interview.
He further stated he disliked living by the myth around him like it is around KKR co-owner and film star Shah Rukh Khan.
"So, I just wanted to be authentic. I was like that I can't continue to live like this. I can't suppress it so much that is causing harm to me. And if I can't be healthy inside out, then I can't be any value to the people around me."
In IPL 2023, the former RCB captain has played four matches so far in the tournament, amassing three fifties and being the fifth in the Orange Cap race.