Bibhu Prasad Ray

Great Players can have bad times in their respective sports, as was in the case of Virat Kohli. There was a time when he found himself in the middle of a rough patch soon after Covid 19. 

Virat Kohli was significantly affected then and it resulted in his dip in form in International Cricket, but he fought back and won finally. Kohli, being a fighter, was very open to it in various events and podcasts. 

Kohli acknowledged the sessions with national coach Paddy Upton and revealed how he played a crucial role in helping him find his perspective during the ICC World T20 2022 in Australia. He also elaborated how the constant conversations with Upton (Sports psychologist) played a significant role in putting him in a strong mental space. 

“I had a lot of conversations with him, and I really appreciated him at that moment because he constantly kept me in check with my checkpoints of being in the present and told me to keep doing things that I did when I was playing good cricket," Kohli said.

"If you haven’t played and you are explaining struggles and challenges, it’s different. The one who has played knows the margins of the game, the inches and the centimetres of a run-out or catch being taken, a great shot hit, but it went to the fielder if it was a foot away, something else,” he added.

During the T20 World Cup 2022, Kohli played an innings for the ages against arch-rivals Pakistan where he scored 82 off 53 balls in which the straight six to Haris Rauf literally turned the tables in India’s favour.

Virat was the leading run scorer in that ICC World T20 2022 event.

Upton was part of India’s World Cup-winning team in 2011. He then served as Gary Kirsten’s assistant. He was brought back for short-term basis during T20 World Cup 2022.