IPL 2022 Ravi Shastri on Virat Kohli: Former India head coach Ravi Shastri believes that Virat Kohli is very tired and needs a break now. Ravi Shastri said that Virat is mentally exhausted and still he can play for another six to seven years for the country, but before that he needs a break. The 33-year-old Kohli has not been going well in the IPL, scoring 40-plus only twice in the last seven innings for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Shastri feels Kohli needs to be handled with empathy, especially in an environment where players are bound in bio-bubbles.
Shastri said on Star Sports on Tuesday, ‘I come straight to the main player here. Virat Kohli is mentally exhausted. If anyone needs rest the most, it is Kohli. Whether this rest is for two months or one and a half months, whether it is before the tour of England in July or after the tour. He needs rest because he still has six to seven years of cricket left in him and you don’t want to lose him with a tired mind.
Kohli has not scored a century in the last 100 matches across formats and in the last seven months he has resigned from the captaincy of India’s T20, Test and RCB captaincy, after being removed from the ODI captaincy. In IPL 2022, Kohli was dismissed for naught on Tuesday night and Faf du Plessis scored 96 to guide RCB to an 18-run win over Lucknow Super Giants.
Shastri said, “When I was the coach of the Indian team and it all started for the first time, the first thing I said is that you have to show empathy towards the players. If you force them, then there is a very fine line where the player will hang in the middle and will not be able to give his best. So you have to be very careful. Shastri said that there may be one or two players in world cricket who are facing a similar problem, which needs to be understood.