Former Kiwi all-rounder, Scott Styris reckons former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli will not be featuring in the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe won’t help him much regardless of how he performs and that taking a complete break from the game would be more beneficial for the batter. The 33-year-old has been enduring one failure after another. Even though overall his record since 2019 has been far from dismal, by his exemplary standards they have been nothing short of disappointing.
For instance, since November 2019, Virat Kohli has had the most half-centuries in international cricket after Babar Azam but the lacking century has made people label him as a finished product. The talisman has a chance to change that fact when India tour Zimbabwe for three ODIs in August ahead of the Asia Cup.
During a recent chat with Sports18, Scott Styris said, “I’d love to see him take a complete break from the game for a little while and come back. Ask the question as selectors and coach Rahul Dravid, I think he’s got a big part to plan as to how much preparation time you need to be at a hundred per cent when the world cup starts and then work backward from there and then build that schedule. He might score a cheap hundred, which goes great for the confidence.”
These comments came shortly after national selector Saba Karim has revealed the current sentiment in the Indian camp regarding Kohli. He stated that the former captain has the freedom of not playing in the Zimbabwe series if he felt like it before returning to the national squad for the Asia Cup and then the T20 World Cup. Scott Styris expressed amazement at the blueprint offered by Karim, appreciating the insights offered.
Elaborating the same, Scott Styris said, “Firstly, I loved hearing what a selector goes through in the process that they don’t just simply pick a team or pick the best players. There’s a real methodology around how they go about putting a team together. I can tell you there are plenty of times I wish I could have a conversation with our selectors back here in New Zealand about certain things. So, I loved hearing that, but I’m with you a hundred percent.”