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Sitting in the change room, it’s not going to get your form back: Sunil Gavaskar on talks of Virat Kohli taking break to regain form

The former India opener has suggested Kohli keeps playing to regain his form. He has said that a player can't regain form by sitting in the change room.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Published on - 8 May 2022 10:20 pm

Highlights
  • Gavaskar said that Kohli should have taken a rest from IPL rather.
  • Virat Kohli got out on a golden duck against SRH on Sunday.

Virat Kohli is going through the toughest phase in his cricketing career as the batter is unable to score runs. He has not scored a century in more than two years in any form of the game. His struggles with the bat also continued in the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he has been dismissed for a golden duck three times this season.

The latest failure for Virat Kohli came against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) where he was dismissed for a first-ball duck by J Suchith on the very first ball of the match. Seeing Kohli going through a lean phase, many veterans of the game have advised the star batter to take a break from cricket.

However, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar doesn’t back this theory and has a complete opposite suggestion for Kohli. The former India opener has suggested Kohli keeps playing to regain his form. He has said that a player can’t regain form by sitting in the change room.

“I think the thing is that if you don’t play, how do you get your form back? Sitting in the change room, it’s not going to get your form back. The more you play, the more chances you have getting your form back,” Gavaskar said while being on-air for Star Sports on Sunday.

He should have taken a break from IPL: Gavaskar

The former India legend further talked about when should have Kohli take a break if it was necessary. Gavaskar suggested taking a break on only one condition and that is Kohli doesn’t miss India matches. He also said that the RCB batter should have rather taken a break from IPL to prepare for India matches. “As long as the break doesn’t mean he is missing India matches. India matches should be the No. 1 priority. It’s as simple as that,” said Gavaskar.

“You ask all over India, you want everybody in India who follows the game will say ‘we want the form for India’. Right? So, you can’t take a break for an India game. You want Kohli to start scoring runs for India. All of us want that. All of us want to see him get back to scoring big runs again,” he added.

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