If there is anything that the Indians missed while winning the Asia Cup 2018, it was the presence of Virat Kohli. It would have been an eventful one for India had Virat Kohli made his attendance in the prestigious cup. Meanwhile, the head coach, Ravi Shastri reveals the real reason behind the regular skipper absence.

Though there is no run-machine for India, they successfully retained their Asia Cup by giving the top-notch team performance. It was also a decisive victory for the team especially, after the debacle in England.

Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli, Asia Cup 2018
Ravi Shastri (Credits – Getty)

Virat Kohli needed that rest – Ravi Shastri

The head coach quoted the importance of preserving the top-class players who have got the lot to deliver for the country. He added it is quite essential for Virat Kohli to stay away from the game and come fresh.

Further, he went on to say quoting the team management will also rest the regular players who are carrying the burden for a long time now. He also spoke about the intensity that Virat Kohli brings to the table.

“Virat needed this rest. Physically, he is a boon, you can’t keep him out of the game. And the thing with Virat is if he plays, then you know the level of intensity he brings,” Ravi Shastri quoted as saying by Gulf News.

Virat Kohli, India
Virat Kohli (Photo Credit: AFP)

”So it was a case of just mental fatigue, giving him a break, take your mind off cricket and then come back fresh. And we will have to do it with a lot of other players. You know like Bumah (Jasprit Bumrah), Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar), we have to sustain them and keep them energetic,” he added.

However, as Ravi Shastri termed, it was a much-needed rest for Virat Kohli. He has played a relentless cricket and always gave his best shot for the country. He will return to the floor when India takes on the Windies in the two-match Test series, starting October 4th.