Cannot Expect Indian Team Getting a Long ‘Off-Season’: Virat Kohli

Mumbai: India captain Virat Kohli said on Monday that no one can expect a team for a long season and also said that it is the responsibility of the players to manage their workload.

His remarks came after India’s defeat at the hands of New Zealand in a two-match Test series.

“As I said before, I don’t think I will face any problem in the next two or three years, it is what it is. If players think there is too much cricket, then they will start prioritising formats and then take breaks accordingly. There is no option apart from that. You cannot expect that the Indian team gets a pretty long offseason,” Kohli told reporters after the conclusion of the second Test against the Kiwis.

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“In the current situation, the only solution is to take a break (Future Tours Program) FTP is already there. We have to manage on the situation. It’s important to take a break if a bowler goes down in the middle of the match, then you notice what can go wrong. It is our responsibility to manage the workload.

During the New Zealand tour, Kohli had a tough time with the bat as he managed to go past the fifty-run score only once. He could not go beyond 20 runs in the Test series.

As a result of India’s poor batting performance, the team suffered a seven-wicket defeat in the second Test of the two-match series against New Zealand at Hegel Oval here on Monday.

With this win, New Zealand whitewashed India in the two-match Test series and has moved to the third spot in the World Test Championship standings with 180 points.

India is placed at the top spot with 360 points from nine matches.

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