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Kohli lauds Maxwell for taking break on mental health grounds
Maxwell receives support from Kohli

Kohli lauds Maxwell for taking break on mental health grounds

Virat Kohli has lauded Glenn Maxwell's courage to take a break from cricket over mental health issues and stressed that international players should be taken care of.

Maxwell, one of the most aggressive batsmen in shorter formats, withdrew himself from Australia’s T20 squad against Sri Lanka.

The Australian all-rounder received support and was backed from all over the world to return to the action soon.

Kohli backed Maxwell’s decision and said it was the right example for other cricketers.

"I am absolutely for it," Kohli said of Maxwell’s decision ahead of first Test against Bangladesh.

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"I think what Glenn has done is remarkable and has set the right example for cricketers all over the world."

"I think these things should be respected and not taken in a negative way."

The concept of players from sub-continent taking break because of mental health issues is a rare thing. Though, players from other parts of the world were sent back home on stress related issues in order to recharge themselves.

Jonathan Trott returned home from England's horror run in the Ashes in 2013, citing stress related problems.

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff admitted to having problems with depression and highlighted that it was behind his drinking problems during the 2006-07 tour of Australia.

'Players should be looked after'

Kohli highlighted similar problems on his horror run on the 2014 tour of England, where he accumulated only 134 runs from 10 innings.

"I have gone through a phase in my career where it was the end of the world," said Kohli.

"In England 2014 I just didn't know what to do, what say to anyone, how to speak, how to communicate.

"I could have said that I am not feeling great mentally and need to get away from the game. But you never know how that's taken.

"These things should of great importance. If you think that the player is important enough for the team or for Indian cricket to go forward he should be looked after."

‘Pink ball swings a lot more’

India and Bangladesh are the two teams who will be featuring in their first-ever pink ball Test since the concept was introduced in 2015.

Kolkata’s Eden Gardens will be the venue to host the historic Test match which will start from November 22.

Indian players were seen practicing with the pink ball in order to get used to it during their training session at Indore.

"The pink ball I played yesterday, I felt it swings a lot more as compared to the red ball because there's extra lacquer on the ball which doesn't go away too fast," Kohli said.

"And the seam holds upright quite a bit. I think if the pitch has extra help for the bowlers then the bowlers will be in the game, especially fast bowlers."

‘India’s seam attack best in the world’

India’s pace attack has proven to be a big difference on their recent overseas tours of England and Australia. They also picked up 24 wickets in the home series against South Africa, which is an astounding number on slow, low wickets in India.

Kohli, in his press talk, wasn’t shy of rating India’s seam attack as the best in the world.

"If you ask me, we're right at the top," he said.

"Batting was never an issue, spin was never an issue. After Zak (Zaheer Khan) and all the stalwarts went away, we were thinking how can we get back to the top, have the ability and the firepower to pick 20 wickets.

"Just seeing the way they've bowled, it's the belief that stands out.

"Any kind of the pitch, any kind of opposition, they believe that they can get more out of the pitch than the opposition."