Virat Kohli Says All Cricketers Don’t Need to be Equally Rested

“I definitely do need a rest too,” said Virat ahead of India’s three-match Test series against Sri Lanka.

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India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday said he too needs rest from the gruelling international schedule since he is "not a robot".

Kohli has played seven Tests, 26 ODIs and 10 T20 internationals in 2017, the most by any player in the Indian team.

"Definitely I do need a rest, why don't I? When I think of the time my body should be rested, I will ask for it, why not? I'm not a robot, you can slice my skin and check if I still bleed," said Kohli on the eve of the first Test against Sri Lanka.

"There's a lot of talk from outside in terms of workload whether a player should be rested or not.”

“For example, all cricketers play 40 games a year. Three guys who should get rest, their workloads are to be managed. Not everyone in the eleven would have batted 45 overs or not everyone would have bowled 30 overs in a Test. But the guys who are doing that regularly are the ones who need to be assessed.”

"I don't think people look at the time spent on the crease, the number of runs, the number of overs, the conditions, etc. I don't think people will go into that analysis. Everyone plays same number of games.”

"For example Pujara will have maximum workload because he spends maximum time at the crease as his game is built that way. You can't compare that to a counter-attacking batsman because the workload would have been lesser.”

"All these things have be taken into consideration purely because of the fact that we have built such a strong core team now of 20-25 players. You don't want important players breaking down at important times, that's where the balance needs to be maintained going forward."

Skipper Virat Kohli left it to the fans to decide if there has been an overkill of India-Sri Lanka contests in recent years, something that had led to dwindling interest in a cricket-crazy nation.

India played an away Test series against the islanders in 2015 followed by a short limited-overs series at home in 2016 and in the current year, are playing them in full-series across formats on home and away basis.

Not to forget, India will again travel to Sri Lanka in 2018 to play the Independence Cup T20 tournament.

(With inputs from PTI.)

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