Former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli needs to take an immediate break from cricket now that the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 has also been finished for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He only managed to score 341 runs in 16 matches at a strike rate of 115.99. It is his lowest run tally since 2010 in a season in which he has played 14 or more games. He went through an extraordinary dip in form this season in which he fell for a golden duck as many as three times.
His poor form led his former India coach Ravi Shastri to say that Kohli needs to take a break from the game and former England captain Michael Vaughan has also reiterated this after RCB’s campaign ended with a seven-wicket defeat to Rajasthan Royals in the second qualifier.
During a recent chat with Cricbuzz, Michael Vaughan said, “He is a legendary player who is going through a phase that is not too easy. Two or three years ago you just turned on the telly or arrived at the ground and knew that Virat was going to score a hundred. He just went through one of those periods where every time he batters he seemed to get a hundred.”
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He further added, “It’s a career, isn’t it? You don’t go through your whole career where everything is so easy. He just needs a breather. Go and get some time with your family, get on the plane to England and then start to hit some balls again.”
Along with other Indian players, Virat Kohli has been rested for India’s upcoming five-match T20I series against South Africa and have been included in the Test team that will face England in the rescheduled fifth match of the 2021 series. The T20I series at home against South Africa is scheduled to be taking place between June 9 and 19 while the rescheduled fifth Test is set to be played from July 1 to 5.
Talking about the same, Michael Vaughan said, “These players have played so much and they are under so much pressure every day of their lives that it is inevitable that eventually, you go through a period where you struggle a little. He is too good a player not to bounce back and he will have one of those periods again which we saw a few years ago when he got so many centuries.”
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He further explained, “It is just that little bit harder at the minute and he has got to work so hard to get back into form. But I think at the minute, he should just pack his bat into his bag and go and sit down with the family. I don’t know where he can go without getting hassled and pestered, doing commercials. Just get away from all that, have a few weeks of chilling and he will be fresh when he picks the bat up.”