The Indian skipper Kohli was full of praise for the decision Maxwell had taken and said that most players should be free in opening up to these challenges and should step away from the game if they’re not in the right frame of mind.
Maxwell decided to take a sabbatical during the series against Pakistan to address concerns surrounding his mental health and NicMaddinson soon walked the same path, opting out of Australia A for the same reason. Both cricketers have received tremendous support from the board and fans for their stands.
While players all around the world have been able to take such a big step, there’s never been such a situation from within the Indian team. Kohli stressed on the need for Indian cricketers to be able to take such calls too – if the situation arises – and have ample support provided to them.
Kohli also went on to reveal his state of mind after the lows of the England tour of 2014, when he was not sure what the right way forward was and how a decision to take a sabbatical would be received. Kohli found himself in an absolute rut in that five-match Test series, coming away with just 134 runs to his name and a clear susceptibility against the ball moving away from him.
“I’ve gone through a phase in my career where I’ve felt like it was the end of the world. 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.
“I think these things should be of great importance because if you think that a player is important enough, for the team and for Indian cricket to go forward, I think they should be looked after,” Kohli said.
“I am absolutely for it. 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 said.
“When you get to the international stage, every player that’s in the squad needs that sort of communication and that ability to just speak out. I think what Glenn [Maxwell] has done is remarkable and it sets the right example for cricketers all over the world that if you’re not in the best frame of mind, you try, you try, you try. But I think as human beings you reach a tipping point at some stage and you need some time away from the game.
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