Virat Kohli of Royal Challengers Bangalore is having a bad run in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season, having only achieved 128 runs in nine games.
In games against the Lucknow Super Giants and SunRisers Hyderabad, the batter was dismissed for a golden duck, while he could only register a score of 9 against the Rajasthan Royals.
Ravi Shastri, the former head coach of Team India, has repeated that Kohli needs to take a break to refresh his mind.
"I believe a break would be beneficial to him because he has played nonstop cricket and commanded the side in all formats. Taking a break will be wise of him. You know, you have to strike a balance now and then. He's already signed up for the tournament (IPL 2022), but if it comes down to it, if you want to extend your international career and build a reputation for yourself for the next 6-7 years, opt out of the IPL "On Jatin Sapru's YouTube channel, Shastri stated.
"Virat is still young, with at least another 5-6 years in front of him. He'd be aware of everything he's been through in the last few months. He understands that he must go back to the drawing board in terms of how he thinks and tackles problems, and that he must practically start again.
“There have been numerous players who have gone through this in the past. To be honest, I wouldn't be concerned if you mentioned the first ball out. As a player, I've rarely been in if I've gotten out first. It's more disappointing when you get in and throw it away. It's up to him to make an impression once he's in "Shastri stated.
Kohli's last international century came against Bangladesh in a day-night Test in 2019, and the three-figure milestone has eluded him ever since.