Virat Kohli’s lean patch is gradually becoming the most discussed topic of recent times. While the legendary batter has failed to score as many runs as one has come to expect from his bat, his decision to take frequent breaks from international assignments has also not gone down too well with cricket experts and pundits.
Post-IPL, Virat Kohli was granted rest from the five-match T20I series against South Africa and was back in action in the rescheduled fifth Test match against England. After playing a red-ball match, Kohli was again rested from the first T20I and joined the group for the second and third T20Is against England. Kohli’s poor form has gone from bad to worst after he touched a new low after failing to score a single half-century in six innings across the three formats.
While the batter has now taken a break from the entire West Indies tour amidst poor form, a lot of cricketing figures have questioned selectors for granting him permission despite struggling to score runs. However, a former Indian cricketer and member of the IPL governing council has claimed that Virat Kohli will not take any more rest after the West Indies series, and will play all the series in the build-up to the T20 World Cup.
Speaking to Jamie Alter on his Glance chat show, The Alternate View, Pragyan Ojha claimed that Kohli needs to get a few runs under his belt to change things dramatically. “Once a batter of his caliber gets a few runs going, form changes automatically. I am hearing from multiple sources that after the West Indies tour, he will be going for all the series thereon,” he said.
Adding further, Pragyan Ojha further revealed that Kohli will not take any more breaks from international games and will focus on his game. “He’s been batting brilliantly, but sometimes how you handle yourself mentally matters. Keep in mind the schedule. Look at Ben Stokes. He just said ‘boss, we’re not vehicles that you just put petrol and we start running,” said Ojha.
The former left-arm spinner further asserted that Virat Kohli is mentally caught up somewhere due to which he is taking frequent breaks. “In terms of physique and work ethics, no one can match his standards but the last two years were quite challenging for every player as they were playing under bio-bubble. He may need to work on his mental space a little more. I am confident that we will soon watch him scoring big runs,” concluded Ojha.