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He needs a sabbatical: Michael Vaughan on Virat Kohli’s poor form

The poor form of Virat Kohli has led to suggestions by cricketing experts that he may need a sabbatical leave again from cricket.

Tanishq Sharma Author

Updated - 8 July 2022 5:29 pm

Michael Vaughan

The recent dip in Virat Kohli’s form has taken a toll on his ICC Test ranking as he has been dropped out of the top 10 list of batters for the first time in six years. Virat scored 11 and 20 runs in India’s defeat against England in the 5th rescheduled Test at Edgbaston.

The poor form of Virat Kohli has led to suggestions by cricketing experts that he may need a sabbatical leave again from cricket. Former England skipper Michael Vaughan believes that Kohli needs a three-month break. He said, “I look at Virat in particular, I know he got some rest after the IPL but, he just looks to me like he needs a sabbatical. He needs three months away from cricket. Go sit on the beach, do what you can with your family and then come back.”

“In a career of 20 years, which he will probably end up getting because he is such a good player, to have a three-month break, is it going to affect him? No. Will it help him? Yes,” he added.

Michael Vaughan further emphasized on the need of smart team management with the growing tight schedule of big teams. “I look at a lot of other players. Jos Buttler, England may look to bring him into the Test team. Talented and very aggressive, at the top of the order he could be a very exciting player to watch. But to play all the formats, the IPL and captain the England white ball teams is a tough ask. So I think clever management is required,” said Michael Vaughan.

“It’s not going to go away, these situations are not a one off. It is going to be a common trend. Just two weeks ago, England were playing in the Netherlands while the Test team was playing at Headingley,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Team India under captain Rohit Sharma, thrashed England in the first T20I by 50 runs on Thursday. Hardik Pandya displayed an all-round performance as he became first Indian to score a half-century and pick up 4 wickets.

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