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Former India head coach Ravi Shastri suggested that Virat Kohli need a couple of month's break from the game and that the period of rest will do the star batter a world of good. Shastri said he wants Kohli to continue as a team player and that the former captain has a good 5 years of cricket left in him.

Virat Kohli quit as India's Test captain a day after they lost a Test series 2-1 in South Africa. Kohli was under considerable pressure after he alleged miscommunication between him and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an explosive press conference ahead of India's departure for South Africa.

Elaborating on Virat Kohli's decision to give up captaincy across formats, Ravi Shastri said it's only normal that star players decide to give up the leadership responsibility to focus on their batting.

"I think, with Virat also he realised it was getting to him, especially in this bio-bubble environment, leading in all 3 formats of the game. You can't take a break also.

"He did the right thing by quitting from white-ball cricket. When it came to Test cricket, I was a little surprised because for the last 5 years we were the No. 1 team in the longest format of the game.

"After one series defeat, it doesn't mean he had to quit captaincy.

"At the end of the day, I always respect a cricketer's judgement because I don't know what he is feeling. Sometimes when it comes to here (neck), your body tells you 'enough'.

"He couldn't have achieved more as a captain. 40 wins in 68 captains is a stunning record," Shastri said.
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