Virat Kohli has been going through a rough patch in his career, having not scored a century since November 2019. He is currently taking part in the ODI series against England.
Virat Kohli of India. Courtesy: AP
- Ashish Nehra suggested Virat Kohli to take a break of a month
- Virat Kohli didn’t play the first ODI against England on Tuesday
- Virat Kohli hasn’t been in great form in recent times
Former fast bowler Ashish Nehra has backed Virat Kohli to get “extra chances” due to his performances in the past. The 33-year-old Kohli has been going through a poor run of form, having not scored a century since November 2019. After not performing well in the T20I series against England, Kohli also missed the first ODI at The Oval due to a groin injury.
Nehra, who retired from international cricket back in 2017, said that Kohli doesn’t need to pay heed to “outside noises” and rather focus on the support from his near and dear ones.
“There will be discussions even if you’re not a player of Kohli’s caliber. When you are playing, you try to focus on your game and not listen to so-called ‘outside voices’ from people outside the dressing room. It’s important how your teammates, management, and selectors are backing you,” Nehra was quoted as saying.
“But we are talking about a guy like Virat. Yes, it’s not written anywhere that he will keep playing for India even if he doesn’t score runs. But when you have done so much in the past, you will always get extra chances,” Nehra stated.
Nehra also felt that Kohli doesn’t have to worry about his fitness by any stretch of the imagination. The veteran also suggested Virat a rest of around a month to come back refreshed.
“Everybody knows his accomplishments and the talent he has. At the age of 33, fitness isn’t a problem for him. Everybody is hopeful that Virat will come good, the quicker the better. Let’s hope we see a different Virat after the West Indies series. If he rests for a month or five odd weeks, it will be helpful for him,” Nehra added.
Recently, Kohli was rested from India’s upcoming ODI series against the West Indies. He also didn’t play the opening T20I against England after taking part in the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
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