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‘At the back of your mind you are never out of the game’

It has been 42 days since Virat Kohli played a professional game of cricket. That’s a luxury considering the sort of gruelling cricket schedule that he and the Indian team has had to deal with recently.

An ‘intense’ full tour of South Africa [he only missed the third and final T20I] prompted Kohli to ‘completely’ take time off the game, however ‘weird’ it got.

Kohli said: “Well, I required it [the break]. Physically I was up with a few niggles. I pretty much went to the tour of South Africa with full intensity. Towards the end, the body obviously took a bit of beating. I understood that I need complete time off from the game. Three weeks without even looking at my kit bag or bats was a weird feeling.”

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He added: “At the back of your mind, you are never out of the game. I was keeping a check on all the scores happening around the world, especially with India playing as well. That kept me involved in some way. Physically I wanted to take a complete break. I’m feeling strong and I’ve been training non-stop for the last 12 days. I feel I’m getting close to my peak condition. I’m definitely at 100 percent now, 110 is what I prefer and that 10 will take a little more time.”

When asked about upcoming IPL’s season: “This year we are not relying only on batting, we’ve got bowling options too. That gives us plenty of positivity heading into the IPL. Something we know is that if we execute our plans well enough, we have cricketers who are experienced and know-how to get the job done in the middle. We have faith in all the boys that are in the squad. We understand they have the intelligence level to execute the skills at the required time.”

RCB begin their IPL 2018 campaign with an away fixture against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 8.

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