India’s top-order batsmen struggled against the skillful bowling attack of Australia on the second day of the World Test Championship (WTC) Final at The Oval. With the early dismissals of Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, and Cheteshwar Pujara, the responsibility fell on Virat Kohli to anchor the innings. However, the former Indian captain fell victim to Mitchell Starc’s well-directed short-pitched delivery, resulting in his departure after contributing only 14 runs from 31 balls. As a consequence, India found themselves in a precarious position at 71/4.
Kohli faced criticism from fans on social media following his dismissal. However, the 34-year-old cricketer responded aptly to the trolls through his Instagram story. In a post, he shared a thought that emphasized the importance of developing the ability to be disliked in order to liberate oneself from the influence of others’ opinions.
Kohli’s message reflects a broader philosophy that athletes often adopt, encouraging individuals to focus on their own beliefs, values, and self-confidence rather than seeking validation or approval from external sources. The Indian captain’s ability to embrace criticism and maintain a strong mindset despite the online backlash showcases his mental resilience.
“You must develop the ability to be disliked in order to free yourself from the prison of other peoples’ opinions,” Kohli shared a though on his Instagram story.