Royal Challengers Bangalore striker Virat Kohli is going through a lean time in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season as he has just managed 128 runs in nine matches. The batsman was sidelined as a golden duck in the match against Lucknow Super Giants and SunRisers Hyderabad, and could only collect 9 points against the Rajasthan Royals. Former Indian Team head coach Ravi Shastri once again insisted that Kohli needs to rest to refresh his mind.
“I think a break is ideal for him because he has played cricket non-stop and he has been a team captain in all formats. It is wise for him to take a break. You know, sometimes you have to strike a balance. This year he has already joined the tournament (IPL) 2022), tomorrow if the impetus comes to push and you want to extend your international career and make a mark there for 6-7 years, pull out of the IPL, for all you care about, ”Shastri said on Jatin Sapru’s YouTube channel.
“If that happens, you have been playing for 14-15 years. Not only Virat, I will tell him to any other player. If you want to play and play well for India, you have to draw the line you want. To break that and the ideal break is off-season where India are not playing and the only time India is not playing is the IPL.Sometimes, you have to do that or tell the franchise I will only play half.Pay Me half, as easy as that.The tough call has to be come if you want to reach the pinnacle of your profession as an international player, ”he added.
Shastri also said that Virat has the best cricket in front of him and the batsman needs to get back to the drawing board and he needs to “start literally from scratch”.
“Virat is still young and he has the best 5-6 years ahead of him. He will realize what he has been through in the last few months. He knows he needs to go back to the drawing board, how he thinks, how he approaches and he has to start from the beginning.There are many players in the past who have been through this.You mention the first out ball, to be honest, from the outside I wouldn’t worry.As a player if I get the first ball out, I barely get in. It’s when you come in and throw it. , that’s even more frustrating. When he comes in, it’s up to him to figure it out, “Shastri said.
Kohli’s last international tan appeared in 2019 against Bangladesh in the Day and Night Test and since then, the three -digit score has been avoided by him.
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