'I don't think there is anything wrong in that', Virat Kohli on taking a break

"It's a very healthy thing to think of especially with the amount of cricket that we play nowadays and the amount of cricket that I have played in the

By Web Desk
May 19, 2022
Virat Kohli — AFP/file 

KARACHI: Former Indian all-format captain Virat Kohli is open to the option of taking a break from cricket to revive his mental state and get out of the slump he's been in recently.

Kohli hasn't scored a century in any format since November 2019, and his average in the ongoing IPL is 21.45, which is his lowest since 2008.

There have been concerns about Kohli's lack of form, and former India coach Ravi Shastri was the first one to say that Kohli is "overcooked" and advised him to take a break to get back his form.

The 33-year-old agreed with Ravi and said that he would definitely discuss the healthy option with the India team management and the head coach Rahul Dravid.

"It's not a lot of people who mentioned it (taking a break). There is one person precisely who has mentioned it which is Ravi bhai and that's because he has seen from close quarters over the last six-seven years the reality of the situation that I have been in.

"The amount of cricket that I have played and the ups and downs and the toll that it takes on you to play three formats of the game plus the IPL for 10-11 years non-stop with the seven years of captaincy in between," Kohli told Star Sports.

"It is definitely a thing that one needs to consider because you don't want to do something which you are not a part of 100% and I have always believed in that in my life. So to take a break and when to take a break is obviously something that I need to take a call on, but it is only a healthy decision for anyone to take some time off and just rejuvenate yourself mentally and physically.

"So I don't think there is anything wrong in that. It's a very healthy thing to think of especially with the amount of cricket that we play nowadays and the amount of cricket that I have played in the last 10-11 years, as I mentioned. I'll definitely discuss this with all the people involved - Rahul bhai, the Indian team management, everyone to chart out whatever is best for myself and the team definitely," he concluded.