"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." Nelson Mandela's famous quote is probably the best way to describe Virat Kohli's love affair with cricket.
His passion for cricket has made him one of the best batsmen in the world across formats and further nurtured him into a ruthless captain. It's also the very passion that defines Kohli's emotional, effervescent and, at times, explosive character. For him, the world is for the taking and his hunger to succeed has propelled him to the pinnacle of the sport.
At the age of 30, he is arguably the most relentless and popular performer in the sport. He is already a World Cup winner (2011), the Player of the tournament at a World T20 (2014) and has led India to a record eight consecutive Test series wins. In December 2018, he became the first Asian captain to win a Test in England, Australia and South Africa.
If his cricketing skills have allowed him to scale new heights in international cricket, his winning mentality and positive mindset is also something that sets him apart from other cricketers of his generation.
Despite the hardships and personal setbacks in his life, the Delhi cricketer has gone from strength to strength to carve his own niche in the sport - something that was in full display during his recent interview in Australia.
This reply of Virat Kohli when asked how he feels when opposition team wins despite him trying his best, is a learning lesson in itself. MUST WATCH. pic.twitter.com/ryYijA4KsZ— Chandramukhið¥Stark (@FlawedSenorita) December 13, 2018
Talking to Fox Sports, Kohli revealed how he managed to overcome his problems to become the legend he is today. He also gave an insight into how he tries to get over a loss in cricket. “When you lose, eventually you feel so bad that you reach a point where you think there is nothing more than you can feel about this so you got to get over it,” Kohli said.
"But now what happens is, even after we lose an important game to someone else, you actually feel bad about your own loss but at the same time, you look at it as the other team has come to play as well. These guys have the similar kind of emotion and passion that we have. There is no good reason why we should win every game. So, I naturally started feeling happy for the other team as well if they really outplay us, because you understand that they are playing the same sport and they might have the same emotion that I do,” he added.
Stressing on the importance of not overthinking, Kohli said: So you take it as a part of the game as you can't be so obsessive about it where you cannot put your mind to anything else, because you have to move on and focus on the next game as well. That thing has especially helped me in Test cricket also because you have to come back for 5 days and have that mindset otherwise you will struggle to forget it and refresh yourself to focus on the next game”.
While Kohli was majorly talking about cricket, his words of wisdom serve as a great reminder to all those who have struggled or are still finding it hard to overcome their personal problems.