Following a phenomenal tour of South Africa, Indian skipper Virat Kohli is enjoying the much-needed rest at his home in Mumbai. From a personal standpoint, the Indian run machine excelled with the bat in both Tests and ODIs and was granted a time to rest as Rohit Sharma took charge of India in his absence.
Speaking at an event in Mumbai, the Indian skipper was very precise about managing the rigorous workload that modern-day cricketers go through. “Physically I had a few niggles, I am just getting over those. The workload has started to disagree with me a little bit. I have to be very careful about how I go forward with my body, my mind, my cricket,” he said.
“Times like these are very-very important going ahead. I am totally enjoying it. I do not even have an inch of me missing out on anything because my body really needed this. Although I am keeping a track of the games, I do not watch matches right now and feel like I want to be on the field because I have started to listen to my body,” he added.
Kohli, who is one of the fittest cricketers in the world today, said the break is helping him recover for fresh challenges ahead, starting with the IPL. Further, he adds that breaks like these help him to be mentally in a better place on the field and gives time for his body to recover.
Notably, this isn’t the first time that Kohli has been very vocal about workload management and has blasted the board in the past for overloading him with matches, especially during the home Test series against Sri Lanka last year. “Definitely, I do need a rest. Why not? When I think of the time when my body needs to be rested, I’ll ask for it. I am not a robot, you can slice my skin and check, I bleed,” he had said then.
Interestingly, several notable limited-overs squad members, including Kohli, MS Dhoni, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav, with Chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad explaining that the selection committee was mindful of their workload and upcoming schedule.