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IPL 2022: Is Virat Kohli MENTALLY EXHAUSTED? Sports Psychologist advices Kohli to ‘accept LEAN patch and live in the moment’

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IPL 2022: Is Virat Kohli MENTALLY EXHAUSTED? – Around three years ago from now, Virat Kohli having a lean patch seemed to be an improbable proposition. The then Indian skipper was scoring fifties and hundreds for fun, winning games for the national team without breaking a sweat. However, Rome has eventually collapsed, as Kohli now is going through an absolute nightmare – something no one would have expected in his case. Follow IPL live updates on InsideSport.IN.

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Notably, Virat Kohli is going through a really rough time, as he has not got going at all in IPL 2022. The 33-year-old batter has an average of under 20 and he has been dismissed for golden ducks on three different occasions.

IPL 2022: Is Virat Kohli MENTALLY EXHAUSTED? Sports Psychologist advices Kohli to ‘accept LEAN patch and live in the moment’

Nothing is going in his way at the moment, and many are of the opinion that Kohli’s poor run of form stems from his mental fatigue, not his technical prowess. The player himself has acknowledged that he has been feeling “absolutely helpless.”

IPL 2022: Is Virat Kohli MENTALLY EXHAUSTED? Sports Psychologist advices Kohli to 'accept LEAN patch and live in the moment'
Virat Kohli has been dismissed on golden ducks thrice in IPL 2022

Speaking to the Times of India, sports psychologist Dr. Priyanka Sarkar claimed it would be better for Kohli if he simply accepts his lean path with brutal honesty, and instead of thinking too much about it, focus on living in the moment.

Anxiety-related thoughts, the psychological impact of errors in past matches, over-analysis and having to make decisions with mental pressure building up induce mental exhaustion, resulting in poor shots,” Dr. Sarkar said.

Sometimes athletic identity does more harm than good. Virat Kohli is known for his larger-than-life performances on the field and his name is synonymous with success. So going through a lean patch might seem (like) difficult phase to associate with. But accepting the phase with brutal honesty might help him overcome his inner emotions of sadness and dismay at his performance. Virat should live in the moment, and accept that his performance has not been at its very best but brooding doesn’t make things better,” she further added.

IPL 2022: Is Virat Kohli MENTALLY EXHAUSTED? Sports Psychologist advices Kohli to ‘accept LEAN patch and live in the moment’

The Downfall of Virat Kohli

  • Virat Kohli has so far scored only 236 runs in 13 IPL 2022 matches.
  • He has been dismissed for golden ducks on three occasions.
  • Except the first two seasons, Virat Kohli has never scored less than 300 runs in an IPL campaign, but he is still 64-runs away from that mark.
  • Kohli has scored a minimum of two half-centuries in all of his last 11 IPL campaign, he has scored only one half-century so far in IPL 2022.
  • Kohli’s IPL 2022 strike rate of 113.46 is his worst in the last ten IPL seasons.
  • His IPL 2022 average of 19.67 is his worst in the last 13 seasons.
  • Kohli’s last international century came way back in 2019. In the last two and a half-years, he has played 70+ matches for India without scoring a century.
IPL 2022: Is Virat Kohli MENTALLY EXHAUSTED? Sports Psychologist advices Kohli to 'accept LEAN patch and live in the moment'
Virat Kohli has looked absolutely dejected on numerous occasions in IPL 2022

IPL 2022: Is Virat Kohli MENTALLY EXHAUSTED? Sports Psychologist advices Kohli to ‘accept LEAN patch and live in the moment’

Virat Kohli’s Numbers – Then vs Now

Check out how Kohli’s numbers have dropped over the last three years. While it is true that his T20I numbers have slightly gone up, but on the other hand, his Test, ODI and IPL numbers have drastically fallen.

IPL 2022: Is Virat Kohli MENTALLY EXHAUSTED? Sports Psychologist advices Kohli to 'accept LEAN patch and live in the moment'
Besides IPL, Kohli’s numbers for Indian team have gone down as well

Test cricket:

Runs before May 17, 2019 – 6,598

Average before May 17, 2019 – 53.6

Runs in last three years – 1,426

Average in last three years – 37.5

ODI cricket:

Runs before May 17, 2019 – 11.664

Average before May 17, 2019 – 59.6

Runs in last three years – 1,468

Average in last three years – 48.9

T20I cricket:

Runs before May 17, 2019 – 1,647

Average before May 17, 2019 – 50.3

Runs in last three years – 1,033

Average in last three years – 54.4

IPL:

Runs before May 17, 2019 – 5,836

Average before May 17, 2019 – 37.9

Runs in last three years – 1,107

Average in last three years – 29.9

IPL 2022: Is Virat Kohli MENTALLY EXHAUSTED? Sports Psychologist advices Kohli to ‘accept LEAN patch and live in the moment’

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