Ravi Shastri the former India head coach has said about Virat Kohli that he need a couple of month’s break from the game and that the period of rest will do the star batter a world of good. The former coach said he wants Virat to continue as a team player and that the former captain has a good 5 years of cricket left in him.
Notably Virat resigned as India’s Test captain just a day after lost a Test series 2-1 in South Africa. It is being said Kohli was under pressure after he alleged miscommunication between him and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an explosive press conference ahead of India’s departure for South Africa.
“The pressure started building. People were looking for opportunities. No human being is perfect. I have seen greats of the game quit captaincy to focus on their cricket whether it’s Gavaskar, Tendulkar or MS. He played 94 Test, he could have easily played 10 or 15 more matches but he gave it up.”
“He realises he is 33, he realises he has 5 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, I think, if he goes out for 2-3 months, if he takes a break from one series, it will do him a world of good,” Shastri said.
“He can come back and play those 3-4 years like a king, absolute king where he is clear mentally, and knows exactly what his role is and play as a team player. That’s what I want to see Virat Kohli do now, come, contribute as a team player and win games for India. That will be the legacy he will leave.”
“I think, with Virat also he realised it was getting to him, especially in this bio-bubble environment, leading in all 3 formats of the game. You can’t take a break also.”
“He did the right thing by quitting from white-ball cricket. When it came to Test cricket, I was a little surprised because for the last 5 years we were the No. 1 team in the longest format of the game.”
“After one series defeat, it doesn’t mean he had to quit captaincy.”
“At the end of the day, I always respect a cricketer’s judgement because I don’t know what he is feeling. Sometimes when it comes to here (neck), your body tells you ‘enough’.”
“He couldn’t have achieved more as a captain. 40 wins in 68 captains is a stunning record,” Shastri said.