Australian tour was turning point of my career: Kohli

Zeenews Sports Bureau

New Delhi: Indian batsman Virat Kohli reckons that the recently concluded Australian tour was the turning point of his career which also made him mature as a cricketer.

“I knew that Australia was one tour that could make or break me. It was always going to be tough on the mind, very challenging. You`ve got to be mentally prepared and obviously, you need to have game plans as well,” said Kohli during a function where he was unveiled as Ambassador for ICC’s partnership with Room to Read on Saturday.

The 23-year-old said that he was perturbed by reports that said he should be dropped from the side due to his poor performance in the first two Test matches in Australia.

“After the first two Tests, people started saying, `Drop him, he doesn`t deserve to play in the XI`. My problem was I was reading a lot and I was paying attention to what was being said about me off the field, and not focusing on what I needed to do, so that sort of blocked me mentally,” he said.

By reading such reports, he was under pressure which was something that affected his game. Kohli added that in Perth, he went with a game plan and tried not to pay attention towards what the others said about him and just focus on his game.

The young turk said that he has become a lot more confident after the Australian tour.

Of late, Kohli has been the most consistent Indian batsman in all formats of the game. He was recently appointed as the deputy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni ahead of the Asia Cup.