Team India has produced an amazing performance in the tour of West Indies up until this point. While the side secured a 3-0 ODI series win over the West Indies under the captaincy of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma returned in the leadership role as the side is right now leading the five-game T20I series 3-1. The T20Is saw a host of first-teamers return to the side however players like Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah were given additional rest.
Kohli has been going through a tough time with the bat throughout the past couple of months. In the last month’s tour to England, Kohli had failed to cross the 20-run mark across six innings in all formats, raising worries over his prolonged struggles. Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez, in any case, has said that Kohli had taken too much of “mental pressure” and needed a break to get back to his best. Prior, Hafeez, on the same show, had said that Hasan Ali should have been given a break long ago since he was going through serious mental pressure.
“Virat Kohli is one of the best players of the past 10 years. I think he is also facing the same problem.. he needed a break because he had too much mental pressure. Their decision to rest Virat for this series was the best decision for him,” said Hafeez on Dawn.
He added, “I think Virat Kohli is an impact player. In the past 2-3 years, we saw that the impact wasn’t there. Even when he scored the half-century against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup last year, that was, to me, impactless. Until you can’t bring an impact, there’s no point of you playing.”
“Every player requires a break. The Indian board made a good decision. This break will help him get back to becoming an impact player. He had lost his impact.”
Kohli is probably going to make a return of the Indian team in the Asia Cup tournament, which begins on August 27.