Former India coach Ravi Shastri was among the first to propose that Virat Kohli take a vacation from cricket to clear his head, and the former India all-rounder now says Kohli should not be afraid to ‘pull out of the IPL if push comes to shove.’ Kohli is through one of the most difficult periods of his career as a batsman. Kohli’s less run has continued in the IPL after a long stretch without a century on the international circuit. Kohli has only managed to score 128 runs at an average of 16.4 in the current season. His highest score was 48, and in his previous three outings for the team, he has been ejected for a golden duck twice.

“I think a break is ideal for him because he has played non-stop cricket and he has captained the side across all formats. It will be wise of him to take a break. You know, sometimes you have to draw the balance. This year he is already into the tournament (IPL 2022), tomorrow if push comes to shove and you want to prolong your international career and make a mark there for 6-7 years, pull out of the IPL, for all you care,” Shastri said on Jatin Sapru’s YouTube channel.

Shastri, who worked with Kohli for two years as India’s team director from 2014 to 2016 and then for four years as head coach from 2017 to 2021, said he would urge any other player who has been at the top level for more than a decade to do the same.

“If that is the case, you have played for 14-15 years. Not only Virat, I’ll tell that to any other player. If you want to play and do well for India, you have to draw the line where you want to take that break and the ideal break would be off-season where India is not playing and the only time India does not play is the IPL, Sometimes, you need to do that or tell the franchise I’ll only play the half. Pay me half, as simple as that. Those tough calls need to come if you want to reach the zenith of your profession as an international player,” he added.