India captain Virat Kohli is ready to play all the three formats of cricket for a “rigorous three years”.
Kohli stated this at a press conference ahead of the two-Test series against New Zealand which starts on Friday.
Kohli who noted that afterwards, he might reassess his workload is looking at a situation where Indian plays two T20 and one 50-over World Cup in the next three years.
Speaking further, the skipper said he is looking at the bigger picture when he was asked if he is thinking of quitting at least one format after the 2021 World T20 in India.
The skipper who didn’t mince words admitted that fatigue and workload management needed to be discussed at all forums, saying it not a conversation that can be run away from in any manner.
While noting that he has been playing 300 days a year for about eight years, Kohli, who was given some time off to enjoy the honeymoon with his wife said the intensity is there all the time.
The 30-year-old premier batsman who admitted that periodic breaks had worked well for him said all the players are thinking of breaks all the time, adding that they choose to take a lot of breaks individually despite having tight schedules, especially players that participate in all the formats.
While stating that his responsibilities as the captain of the team are not relating to performance alone but also the leadership he needs to provide with strategies needed to win games.
These responsibilities he said is not easy to perform by a captain after intense practice sessions, adding that it takes a toll on him.
Speaking on the periodic breaks given to players, the skipper said there are times where the body can’t take the stress anymore.
Acknowledging the importance of his presence and peak performance till the 2023 World Cup, Kohli said the next phase of transition would set in afterwards.
Written by: Oladipupo Mojeed