Royal Challengers Bangalore batter Virat Kohli has finally got amongst runs during a must-win game against Gujarat Titans on Thursday evening. He stitched a crucial 115-run stand with skipper Faf du Plessis and smashed 73 in 54 deliveries to guide Bangalore to a comprehensive victory. Earlier, several voices were being raised suggesting Kohli several things to get back runs under his belt as Kohli was looking far from his best.
However, former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri, who has watched Kohli’s evolution very closely, advised the Indian batter to break from the Indian Premier League as he is overcooked. Responding to Shastri’s suggestion, Kohli recently voiced his opinion claiming that he would surely give it a thought and discuss the matter with India’s head coach Rahul Dravid and management.
While talking to Star Sports, Kohli claimed that Ravi’ Bhai’ has closely watched his game and how much dedication and effort he has put in over the last six years. “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 per cent, and I have always believed in that in my life,” he said.
Adding further, Kohli stated that he will surely consider Shastri’s advice and will reach out to Rahul Dravid at the right time. “I’ll 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 said. Kohli also emphasized the importance of mental health and mental fitness for a sportsperson.
“Physical fitness can be achieved by various means throughout playing cricket, but it’s a mental kind of reset you need. One must feel excited about whatever he/she is doing. You should not feel that someone is forcing you to do something,” he stated. Kohli said that there is nothing wrong with taking a break, and some time off helps a player rejuvenate.