Workload takes toll but will play all formats for at least 3 more years: Virat

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 2/20/2020 11:38:47 AM


Wellington, Feb 19 India captain Virat Kohli is preparing himself for a "rigorous three years" of playing all three formats after which he might reassess his workload amid a "transition phase" setting in. The world's premier batsman is looking at the "bigger picture" in Indian cricket with two T20 and one 50-over World Cup in the next three years after which he might decide on playing two of the three formats. "My mindset is on the bigger picture as I prepare myself for a rigoro u s t h r e e y e a r s from now and after that we might have a different conversation," Kohli replied when asked if he is having second thoughts about quitting at least one format after the 2021 World T20 in India. The skipper was speaking to the media ahead of the two-Test series against New Zealand starting on Friday. He didn't mince any words while admitting that fatigue and workload management are issues that need to be discussed at all forums. "It's not a conversation you can hide away from in any manner. It is around eight years now that I have been playing 300 days a year, which includes travelling and practice sessions. And intensity is right up there all the time. It d o e s take a toll on you," the Ind i a n captain w a s forthright in his reply. Kohli, who will turn 31 this year, agreed that periodic breaks have worked well for him. "It's not that the players are not thinking about it all the time. We do choose to take lot more breaks individually.

 

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