Virat Kohli has been a major asset not just for his national side but also for his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). But in IPL 2022, he has become the focal point due to his poor form. So far in the league, he has managed a mere 128 runs in 9 matches at an average of 16.
Although Kohli has managed two 40+ scores (41* against PBKS and 48 against MI), he has also scored 2 golden ducks in his last 3 outings. The star batter has received advice from experts and former cricketers, including ex-India head coach Ravi Shastri to take a break to refresh himself.
However, former India opener Aakash Chopra had a different take on the subject. He feels that Kohli should continue playing as it is the only way to get out of the lean patch.
During a Q&A session on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “Difficult question. Everyone is coming up with their own theory. It’s not like Virat hasn’t been getting any rest. Obviously, he’s not gone away from the game for three to four months, but he has skipped various matches across formats in recent times.”
“If he stops playing, how will he score runs? To win a battle, you have to fight it out in the middle. You have to fall, rise and run again,” he said.
“There was a six-month COVID break. Did anything change? I personally feel that he must keep playing,” the former cricketer concluded.
RCB will next take on the Gujarat Titans (GT) on Saturday (April 30) at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.