You Bluff Yourself: Ricky Ponting Weighs In On Virat Kohli’s Poor Form
Ricky Ponting weighs in on Virat Kohli's poor form, says quite often you bluff yourself as a player. (Twitter)

New Delhi: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting while drawing his own experience as a cricketer for Australia said that sometimes it is difficult for a player to understand whether he is mentally or physically tired and often finds a way to get back to training until he takes a break, adding Kohli‘s poor form would have happened at some stage, considering he has had a 10 or 12-year run where hasn’t had many down times.

“It (poor form) is going to happen to everyone at some stage. Virat’s probably had a 10 or 12-year run where hasn’t had many down times,” said Ponting in an episode of the ICC Review.

“But there was a lot of talk and conjecture around the IPL about how tired and burnt out he might be. That’s for him to work out and assess and find ways to improve, whether it’s a technical thing or a mental thing,” opined Ponting.

“I’m sure, being the absolute professional that he is, that he’ll work it out and work it out pretty quickly,” he added.

Drawing his own example, Ponting said, “One thing I do know from experience is that quite often you bluff yourself as a player that you’re not actually tired, that you’re not physically or mentally tired. You always find a way to get yourself up for training, you always find a way to get yourself up for game. It’s not until you actually stop and have a couple of days do you realise how tired and fatigued you are,” said the former Australia captain.”

“So that might be exactly where Virat Kohli is at now, but I’m pretty sure he won’t stay down for too long,” he concluded.