It is important to refresh yourself mentally: Virat Kohli

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Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli ( Image Credit: Twitter)

India skipper Virat Kohli has joined the Indian team for the upcoming second Test against New Zealand in Mumbai. The Test will commence on Friday (December 3) at the Wankhede stadium and Kohli has returned from a much-needed break. He skipped the T20I series and the first Test that was played in Kanpur.

The Indian captain was constantly in the bio-bubble since the World Test Championship final and then went on to play a Test series in England followed by the second leg of the Indian T20 League and the 20-20 World Cup. Not only Kohli, India have managed the workload of several Indian players who feature in all three formats.

Speaking about the same, Kohli cited that one has to take care of his/her mental well-being. “It is very important to understand that it is crucial to refresh yourself mentally. When you play so much cricket at a certain level for so long, it gets taken for granted that you will keep turning up series after series and perform with the same intensity in every match,” he said in a virtual press conference.

Virat Kohli also pointed out that the players should get a break from bio-bubbles every now and then to maintain the standard of cricket in the middle. He felt it is crucial to give players the mental space they need and then only he/she can perform to the expectations.

“To maintain the quality of cricket, to maximise the ability of the cricketers, to keep them in a good space, it is very important to consider this. Not just our team, but across the world, players are in the mindset to manage the workload, more from the mental point of view rather than physical,” Kohli added.

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