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Former India head coach Ravi Shastri says players will and should longer breaks from the game if needed as the bubble life takes it toll and backed the need for split captaincy in Covid times.

Shastri’s tenure with the Indian team ended with an early exit from T20 World Cup.

Shastri also expected Virat Kohli to prioritise formats in the future but remained open-ended on how long he expects the current ODI and Test captain to remain in charge.

Kohli, who has taken rest for the T20 series and one Test against New Zealand to recover bubble fatigue in COVID times, has relinquished captaincy in the shortest format after the showpiece event.

Speaking to India Today, Shastri was asked about Kohli giving up captaincy in other formats to manage his workload better.

“In red ball cricket, India have been number one for the last five years under his captaincy. Unless, he wants to give it up or he is mentally fatigued where he says he wants to focus on my batting which can happen in the near future [he will carry on],” the former India allrounder said.

“It wont happen immediately but it can happen. The same might happen with white ball cricket, he might say he had enough and…

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