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Kohli raring to go after 'complete break' from cricket

2018-04-05 17:31
Virat Kohli (AP)

Cape Town - India skipper Virat Kohli is ready to get back into action for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL after a brief break from the game.

The skipper took three weeks off from cricket after the tour of South Africa missing India's triumph in Sri Lanka and revealed that he didn't look at his kit bag during his time off.

Kohli kept up to date with happenings in the cricket world but needed a rest after a period of sustained and intense effort leading his country.

Speaking ahead of RCB's IPL campaign, Kohli said: "I required it. 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 needed complete time off from the game. Three weeks without even looking at my kit bag or bats was a weird feeling.

"At the back of your mind, you are never out of the game," he said.

"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'm definitely at 100 percent now, 110 is what I prefer and that 10 will take a little more time."

Kohli is confident of a strong campaign with the Royal Challengers and feels they stand a good chance of winning their maiden IPL title.

"We are optimistic about the season. It's a very, very balanced side. In the 10 years that I've been here, I don't think we've ever had such a balance."

The Royal Challenges Bangalore get their IPL season under way on Sunday when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in Eden Park (16:30 SA time).

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