Kohli shoots blanks and can lose in a brain-fried game.

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Virat Kohli has been delighting fans with its majestic bat for many years. But at the relatively young age of 33, this brilliant batsman who has graced thousands of billboards and magazines and is the bane of international teams around the world is on a slippery slope to oblivion.

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His former coach in India Ravi Shastri considers that Kohli, regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, could lose in a “brain fried” game if he doesn’t take or get a break. Shastri and the former India captain formed a strong partnership for seven years, including leading India to the top of the Test table; scoring its first test series win in Australia and a number of other trophies. During this period, Kohli scored hundreds of points in Tests against all test countries except Bangladesh and also gained momentum in all formats of the game. Kohli and Shastri also developed a powerful bowling set that is now considered one of the best. India used to be best known for its top notch spinners, but now, armed with equally talented fast bowlers and a solid roster, India has risen up the charts and stayed at the top of the test rankings for five straight years.

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Kohli was stripped of his Twenty20 captaincy last year and later voluntarily stepped down as captain of the ODI team as well as the Test team. At the end of the 2021 Indian Premier League season, Kohli made another impression by stepping down as captain of his IPL club – Royal Challengers Bangalore – saying he needed some space and time to handle his workload. Fans were no longer saddled with the captain’s armband and expected King Kohli, as he is commonly called, to make big runs. Unfortunately, one disappointment follows another. In a match with the Lucknow Super Giants, he lost the first ball to a lanky South African paceman. Marco Jansen and a few days later in a game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, he was sacked by a fast bowler for his second straight golden duck. Dushmanta Chamira. On Tuesday, he was promoted to open the innings in a loss to Rajasthan, but he failed again, falling nine. His eight-inning total is a measly 128 points. After these two ducks, an alarm sounded and Shastri was the first to intervene. “Kohli is overcooked,” he said. “If anyone needs a break, it’s him,” Shastri told Star Sports.

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“Whether it’s two months or a month and a half, whether it’s after () England (tour in July) or before England – he needs a break because he has six to seven years of cricket left and you don’t want to lose that with fried brain.”

Former England captain Kevin Petersen also suggested Kohli take a vacation. “This guy had so many things to do, from getting married to having a baby, media attention and everything related to his personal life. He’s the biggest star of the show,” Pietersen added. Virat Kohli should say ‘Cricket boots for half a year, see you later’. Turn off social media, go and recharge.”

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BULEER, RAUL SHINE

While the Kohli bat is in the refrigerator, both Jos Battler and KL Rahul ignited this high-octane league with sparkling centuries. The smiling Englishman scored three tons for the Rajasthan Royals and scored 491 points in seven matches. His latest gem came on Sunday when he lifted 65 116s against the Delhi Capitals. Despite only managing eight against Bangalore on Tuesday, he still has a great chance of surpassing Kohli’s 2016 record of 973 runs in a season. His previous tons included 103 against the Calcutta Knights and 100 against the Mumbai Indians.

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Rahul, the Lucknow Super Giants skipper, is in top form and is hailed as a future star for his sunset heroism. Rahul got his first and second century because of the clumsy Indians of Mumbai. He scored 103 of 62 for his second ton and his total now stands at 368 runs in eight games.

FOLLOW KIRSTEN

There was a time when no one turned down the job of coaching England. But not today. Rob Key, the new director of English men’s cricket, cast his line far and wide, but all he had were a few bites and he failed to catch the catch he wanted. Among those who politely refused him were the Australians. Ricky Ponting and Justin LangerWest Indies Ottis Gibsonformer England bowling coach and Mahela Jayawardene, former captain of Sri Lanka. Key’s decision to split the red and white ball roles ruled out Langer. This opened the door for the South African Gary Kirsten who led India to the World Cup in 2011 and then took the reins of Proteas. Kirsten applied for the job earlier but lost out to Chris Silverwood, who was fired after the disastrous Ashes series in England. I hope Kirsten puts an end to Ki’s endless search.

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