Virat Kohli

The Indian Premeire League may done and dusted, but the legend of Virat Kohli’s mind-numbing performances will live on forever. The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper led from the front, and was pivotal in ensuring that his team, which stood no changes in the middle-stages of the tournament, made it to the finals. Thus, let’s look at the psychology lessons we can learn from the way Virat Kohli goes about his life and game.

  1. He is always talking to himself.

When batting, you’ll rarely find a moment where Virat Kohli is not mouthing words to himself. He uses a sports psychology technique called self-talk. This refers to the words and thoughts that sportsmen tell themselves, either aloud or in their minds. This is done to improve focus and maybe direct attention to one particular thing.

2. His pre-match routines are unforgiving

You’ll hear from Virat’s teammates and coaches that he trains harder than most players. Virat spends a lot of time in the nets and the gym. He uses innovative equipment such as the high-altitude mask, which simulates a situation where he is short of breath – something that happens when you do a lot of running. That way, running the hard runs on the big day comes easily to him.

3. Virat is always doing the math (Short-term and long-term goals)

Kohli admits that he is always calculating how he will go about pacing his innings. This means he evaluates short-term and long-term goals. Also since he is considered the best chaser in the world at the moment, it comes as no surprise that he is arguably the best at goal setting in the game of cricket.

4. Virat uses visualisation to the fullest.

Visualisation (Imagery) is the technique of creating a visual of the goal you wish to achieve. Virat has spoken several times about using visualisation to assist in his goal-setting. Once you set a target, using visuals to see it in your head only solidifies the target and increases the desire to achieve it.