“Slice my skin and check if I still bleed,” he said in tormenting for going through grueling international schedule.
Kohli played seven Tests, 26 ODIs and 10 T20 internationals in 2017, the most by any player in the Indian team. “Definitely I do need a rest, why don’t I. When I think of the time my body should be rested I will ask for it, why not. I’m not a robot.”
The Indian skipper also played 10 matches of the Indian Premier League in the tenth edition of the tournament.
“This is one thing I don’t think people explain properly. There’s a lot of talk from outside in terms of workload whether a player should be rested or not. For example all cricketers play 40 games a year,” he said.
“Three guys who should get rest their workload are to be managed. Not everyone in the XI would have batted 45 overs or not everyone would have bowled 30 overs in a Test. But the guys who are doing that regularly are the ones who need to be assessed,” he said.
“I don’t think people look at the times spent on the crease, the number of runs, the number of overs, the conditions etc. I don’t think people will go into that analysis. Everyone play same number of games,” Kohli said.
“It’s humanly impossible to maintain same intensity and same level of performance,” he ended.