Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson reckons that former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli will be mentally and physically rejuvenated after a month-long break from cricket ahead of the Asia Cup 2022, scheduled to be commencing later this week. Kohli is enduring the worst phase of his career and has not scored a century in international cricket since November 2019. The star batter missed out on the limited-overs series against the West Indies and Zimbabwe.
Talking about the same during the ICC review show, Shane Watson said, “Having time off for him certainly, would (help him) just be able to regenerate mentally, physically, just be able to get away from the game of cricket. You could just see that his energy was a bit sapped, even during the IPL. You could tell, no matter how much he tried he was always up and about, but you could see the light was just out a tiny bit.”
Kohli’s last assignment was the England tour where he only managed to score 76 runs from six innings across formats, which included the rescheduled fifth Test, two ODIs, and as many T20s in July.
Talking about the same, Shane Watson said, “This month that he’s had off cricket will make sure that that light’s shining very bright going into this Asia Cup, knowing there’s a T20 World Cup in Australia coming up very soon as well. “
He further added, “So when you’re able to have a break, and because the Indian cricketers in particular play so much cricket, for Virat to be able to have some time off, especially a month, that’s just going to regenerate everything he needs to be able to take stock of what happened, freshen up mentally and physically.”