I Can’t Understand These American Words Like Depression: Kapil Dev makes a shocking comment on dealing with stress
Former Indian captain Kapil Dev opens up about how players deal with pressure these days. Saying that players should enjoy what they are doing, Kapil insisted that he does not understand words like depression. The 1983 World Cup-winning captain insisted that players should not play the IPL if they feel under pressure.
Former Indian Kapil Dev made a controversial comment when asked about facing too much pressure in cricket. Kapil was blunt in his comments and dismissed concerns about the mental side of athletes.
Kapil said that he kept hearing that there was too much pressure on players to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and made a direct statement that if they felt that way they should not play. He said that words like ‘depression’ were American concepts and he did not agree with them.
“A lot of times I hear on TV that there is a lot of pressure on players to play in IPL. Then I just say one thing, don’t play,” Kapil said while addressing the audience at an event. “If a player has passion, there is no pressure. I can’t understand these American words like depression. I am a farmer and we play because we enjoy the game and there can be no pressure when we enjoy the game,” he added.
Recently, India’s talisman Virat Kohli suffered a mental breakdown as he was forced to rest after the England tour. The former India captain revealed that he was belying his seriousness and the time away from the game helped him realize that.
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England Test captain Ben Stokes is another player who has spoken out about mental health issues. The star all-rounder said in a recently released documentary that he started hating the game following his father’s death.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma also opened up on the issues and revealed that the Covid-19 pandemic has made it difficult for players due to quarantine and bio-bubble restrictions to avoid the spread of the infection and allow the game. To persevere through difficult times.