Former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris feels Virat Kohli should take a complete break from the game for a while and then make a comeback to the Indian team. He added that the veteran batter will not gain much from upcoming India’s tour of Zimbabwe. India is all set to play a three-match ODI series in Harare against the hosts, starting on August 18.
Virat Kohli has been rested from ongoing India’s tour of the West Indies, 2022. There were reports about him coming back to the Indian team for the Zimbabwe tour. However, former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris believes that the tour wouldn’t help the former Indian skipper much. He expressed that the 33-year-old should take a complete break. Speaking on Sports18’s show, Scott Styris said,
“I think it is a lose-lose for Kohli. I’d love to see him take a complete break from the game for a little while and come back. Ask the question as selectors and coach Rahul Dravid, I think he’s got a big part to plan as to how much preparation time you need to be at a hundred percent when the world cup starts and then work backward from there and then build that schedule.”
I still believe Virat Kohli is the key man for India: Scott Styris
Virat Kohli last played for India against England in the three-match ODI series. In the two matches that he played, he managed just 33 runs at an average of 16.50. Overall, the Indian cricketer scored just 76 runs across six innings across the three formats on the tour. His form has become a talking point off late, with the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 around the corner.
Scott Styris further added that Virat Kohli might score a hundred against Zimbabwe, but that won’t change things for the Indian cricketer. However, he added that the right-handed batter is still India’s key player. Styris said,
“So yeah, Zimbabwe, I’d forget about it because I don’t necessarily think there’s a lot to gain from him. He might score a cheap hundred, which goes great for the confidence but doesn’t necessarily change too much moving forward because I still believe he’s the key man for India.”