Break and friendly locker room rekindle Kohli’s love for the game

DUBAI, Sept 5 (Reuters) – A timely break away from the game and a friendly dressing room helped Virat Kohli rediscover his love for cricket, the star batsman said after showing fresh signs of his Champions League resurgence. Asia in progress.

Kohli endured a tumultuous 12 months during which he was captainless and short of races, which the 33-year-old says impacted his well-being and prompted him to skip the tours of the West Indies and Zimbabwe. Read more

He’s still not at his striking best but scores of 35, 59 not out and 60 in his three Asian Cup outings suggest the right-hander, one of the best batsmen of his era, is on. about to return to its old form.

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Kohli said the break gave her a new perspective.

“It gave me the kind of relaxation that it’s not the end of life,” Kohli said after Sunday’s five-wicket loss to Pakistan.

“I need to enjoy the game, I can’t put so much pressure on myself with expectations and all those things that I can’t express. That’s not why I started playing this game .”

“I’m happy and excited. I’m enjoying the game again and that’s the most important thing for me.”

Having a friendly dressing room helped him rediscover the emotional connection to the game and its “purity”, Kohli said.

“When I arrived here the environment was very welcoming and the camaraderie with the boys is amazing.

“So I love playing again and I feel good with the way I hit.”

Kohli encouraged players to take a break if they needed mental health issues.

“I know what I can do for the team when I’m in a happy place. Being in a bad place isn’t good for me or the team.

“If you’re feeling negative or depressed, taking a break is not a bad thing.”

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Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; edited by Michael Perry

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