I have started to listen to my body – Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli is taking a break, fulfilling contractual obligations for the brands he endorses, and getting ready for next month’s Indian Premier League (IPL).

The India captain, 29, has had a busy playing schedule – in just the past two years, he has played 25 Tests, 37 one-day internationals and 19 Twenty20 Internationals to go with participation in the IPL. As a result, the break has come as a welcome chance to deal with ‘a few niggles’ and refresh the body and mind for one of the top-ranked cricketers in the world: Kohli is No.2, No.1 and No.6 in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Player Rankings for Tests, ODIs and T20Is respectively, and India are No.1 in both Tests and ODIs and No.3 in T20Is in the team rankings.

“Physically, I had a few niggles, I am just getting over those,” said Kohli at a promotional event on Wednesday, 14 March. “The workload has started to disagree with me a little bit. I have to be very careful about how I go forward with my body, my mind, my cricket.

“When I am done with this period, obviously in the IPL I will be coming out fresh,” he said.

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