Former India head coach Ravi Shastri suggested that Virat Kohli need a couple of month’s break;
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri believes Virat Kohli can play as a gun player for the next three to four years if he takes a two- or three-month break between series.
Kohli stepped down as Test captain after India lost the Test series against South Africa. He holds the record for the most Test appearances as India’s captain (68), as well as the most Test victories by an Indian captain (40). Kohli must settle down and concentrate on his batting, according to Shastri. He believes that the former India captain has another five years of “excellent” cricket in him.
“He realizes he is 33, he realizes he has five years of good cricket ahead of him. If he can calm down, focus on his batting, take one game at a time, probably take a break from the game as well. I think if he sits out for two or three months or takes a break for a series, it would do him a world of good,” Shastri told Shoaib Akhtar on the former Pakistan pacer’s YouTube channel.
“To come back and play those three-four years as king, absolute king. You know where he is clear mentally, knows exactly what his job and role are, and then plays as a team player, that’s where I want to see Virat Kohli now. To come, contribute big time as a team player and help the team win,” he added.
Kohli took charge of the team for the first time in a Test match against Australia in 2014. In his final match as captain, India lost by seven wickets in the Cape Town Test in South Africa.
It was never going to be easy to fill MS Dhoni’s shoes, but Kohli stepped up to the plate and soon established himself as one of the best minds the country has ever seen in Test cricket.
Kohli’s batsmanship was also enhanced by the leadership, with the batsman hitting seven double-centuries in the game’s longest format. Kohli also holds the record for most Test hundreds (20) while captaining India.