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Ravi Shastri shares solution for 'overcooked' Kohli's lean patch

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Former India head coach Ravi Shastri believes Virat Kohli needs a break from cricket to regroup and get back in form after a prolonged lean patch.

Kohli, who stepped down from India captaincy roles last year, has not scored a century in any format since November 2019. He has had an equally dismal time in the ongoing IPL, with just 119 runs in seven matches at an average of 19.83.

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India are set to travel to England for a one-off Test in July, to complete their prematurely abandoned WTC23 series last year, and Shastri, who worked closely with Kohli during his time as India's head coach, believes the former captain is "overcooked" and is in need of a break.  

"I am going straight to the main guy here. Virat Kohli is overcooked. If anyone needs a break, it's him," Shastri said on the Star Sports show on Tuesday, 19 April, after Kohli was dismissed for a first-ball duck in RCB's IPL clash against Lucknow Super Giants.

Kohli last scored a hundred in the Kolkata Test in 2019, against Bangladesh
Kohli last scored a hundred in the Kolkata Test in 2019, against Bangladesh

"Whether it's two months or a month-and-a-half, whether it's after [the] England [tour in July] or before England – he needs a break because he has got six-seven years of cricket left in him and you don't want to lose that with a fried brain."

Former England batter Kevin Pietersen echoed similar sentiments. "The guy has had so much to deal with, from marriage to baby to media scrutiny and all on his personal life. He is the biggest star on show," he said.

"Virat Kohli needs to say, 'Cricket boots, for six months, I will see you later.' Turn off social media, go and get re-energised. When the stadiums are full again, you guarantee him a spot in that side for the next 12, 24 or 36 months. Tell him – You're our guy. We know you'll deliver for us."

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