Virat Kohli should take three months break from cricket: Ravi Shastri: Former India head coach Ravi Shastri reckons dazzling batsman Virat Kohli should take a break of two or three months or sit outside for a series to come back fresh and pile up runs from his willow. The celebrated coach further went on to say that Kohli has at least five more years of cricket left in him.
The former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, hasn’t been in the best of his form lately. Though he has consistently scored half-centuries every now and then, his bat hasn’t witnessed a century in the last three years. He has often failed to convert his 70s or 80s into a ton.
Many believe, Kohli lacks concentration in the latter part of his innings which comes as a major hurdle in front of his 71st century. The entire cricket world is looking forward to Kohli scoring his next century. There were a few instances in the recently concluded South Africa tour, where Virat comfortably reached his fifties, however, he fell well short to convert them into his next milestone.
“I think if he sits out for two or three months or takes a break for a series, it would do him a world of good,” said Ravi Shastri to Shoaib Akhtar on the latter’s YouTube channel.
Shastri, one of the closest people to know Virat Kohli, says if the cricketer can calm down and focus solely on his batting, as he has now stepped down from all format captaincy, it can do wonders for him.
“He realizes he is 33, he realizes he has five years of good cricket ahead of him. If he can calm down, focus on his batting, take one game at a time, probably take a break from the game as well,” added Ravi Shastri.
“To come back and play those three-four years as king, absolute king. You know where he is clear mentally, knows exactly what his job and role are, and then plays as a team player, that’s where I want to see Virat Kohli now. To come, contribute big time as a team player and help the team win,” concluded Ravi Shastri.
The recent past hasn’t been kind to the most successful Indian test captain. Kohli faced criticisms for his acts. There were controversies revolving around him and his leadership. He stepped down from T20Is captaincy following which the BCCI forcefully axed him from the ODI captaincy in order to maintain a similarity in thoughts in the white-ball matches.
After India’s poor exit from the South Africa test series, Kohli decided to step down from his only Test captaincy, which wasn’t foreseen by any. The experts would have never thought of that decision to come this early from Kohli.