IPL 2022: “Virat Kohli was overcooked playing too much cricket, break will be handy”- Wasim Jaffer

Reports have suggested that Kohli will be rested for the home South Africa T20I series.

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Virat Kohli's bat has been ineffective in this IPL 2022 season, with the former India captain unable to score runs. In 12 games, the 33-year-old has only 216 runs. He also has three ducks in the IPL 2022 season, the most recent being in RCB's most recent encounter against Sunrisers Hyderabad, where he was dismissed off the first ball.

Wasim Jaffer, a former India opener, has now joined the chorus, advising Kohli to take a vacation after the IPL.

“The way he has got out in the last couple of matches, it seems he is overcooked by playing too much cricket. The last six months have been very intense for him as he resigned from the Test and T20 captaincy and was asked to leave ODI captaincy. After going through all these things, he is playing in IPL and hasn’t been able to score much for RCB, which certainly affects one’s mindset. So, I would suggest that Kohli take a four to six weeks break after the conclusion of IPL 2022 and come back as a mentally fresh player," Jaffer told News24.

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"He doesn’t have the captaincy burden so I feel whenever he will come after the break, I will be in a better mental state as he will now focus on his own performances rather than thinking about selection issues. I definitely feel he should take a break in the South Africa and England series and he may come to play in the Asia Cup, whenever it takes place. The break will be handy for Kohli and will help in coming with a fresh perspective. If we can get the old Virat Kohli, it will be great for India," he added.

Following the IPL, India has a busy schedule leading up to the T20 World Cup, and the Men in Blue will be hoping Kohli hits the right notes before the tournament begins in Australia later this year.


By Khushi Raghuwanshi - 12 May, 2022

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