The 47-year-old retired cricketer said he was proud of the way Collie decided to talk about his fight against depression, while adding that it would benefit young cricketers.
“@imVkohli, proud of your success and decision to share such a personal experience. Nowadays, young people are constantly valued on social media. Thousands talk about them, but not about them. We need to be able to listen to them and help them thrive. , “tweet Tendulkar.
In a conversation with former England player Mark Nicholas in his podcast “Not Just Cricket”, Collie admitted that he went through a difficult phase during a particularly difficult tour.
“Yes, I did,” was his answer to a question about whether he was depressed at the time.
“… it’s not a great feeling to wake up knowing you can’t win tracks and I think all the batsmen have felt that at some point you don’t control anything at all,” he recalls.
Collie had a disastrous tour of England in 2014, scoring 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0.7, 6 and 20 in five tests, averaging 13.50 for his 10 passes. He then roared back to form the Australian tour, accumulating 692 tracks in the Test series.
“You just don’t understand how to overcome it. It was a phase when I literally couldn’t do anything to undo things … I felt like the loneliest person in the world,” he said of the tour in England.
Collie remembered that he felt alone, despite the fact that there were supportive people in his life. He said professional help was what he needed.
“For me personally, it was a revelation that you can feel so lonely even though you’re part of a large group. I’m not going to say I didn’t have people to talk to, but I didn’t have a professional to talk to. I could fully understand What I’m going through, I think it’s a huge factor. I think I’d like to see it change. “
The Indian captain, considered one of the best batsmen in modern cricket, believes that mental health problems cannot be ignored as they can ruin a person’s career.
“Someone you can go to at any stage, have a conversation and say, ‘Listen, this is what I feel, it’s hard for me to even sleep, I feel like I don’t want to wake up in the morning. I don’t trust myself, what should I do?
“A lot of people suffer from this feeling for longer periods of time, it lasts for months, it lasts a whole season of cricket, people can’t get out of it,” Collie said.
“I strongly feel the need for professional help there to be very honest,” he added.
Collie is currently in Ahmeddabad for ongoing home tests against England. Both teams have won each match and will compete in the third test on February 24.
Recalling his growing days with enthusiasm, Collie said that the Indian team from the 90’s really inspired him to start playing sports.
“The Indian team from the 90’s really opened my imagination to what can be done with sports because it’s so different from anything else I’ve seen before. It just instilled a lot of faith and belief in me that magical things can be done if a person believes or decides, ”he said.
“That’s where the spark started … the dream of wanting to play for the country really started.”
Collie lost his biggest supporter, his father Premchand, at the age of 18 and considers it the “most impactful” incident of his life.
“… this incident really put things in the right perspective for me. My father really worked very hard during the first days to make sure I got the best cricket equipment or continued with my cricket practice.
“From then on, my faith became even stronger that whatever it was, I would definitely realize my dream of playing at the highest level and representing my country,” he said.
Collie is seen as a tough, competitive and mysterious character on the field and he revealed that in real life he is no different.
“… the break for many years is that people don’t seem to understand, they don’t seem to process, many times it’s that I’ve never worked to create a perception of myself that is ideal from a worldly point of view.
“What matters to me is what I can do to an individual and how much I can provide to the cricket field as a person,” he said. “I can’t think of things to look good to certain groups of people. It’s just not me,” he said.
Another thing he is hardly interested in is the expectations from him when he is on the field. “Expectation is a fair burden when you start thinking too much about it.”