India December 07(IM): Virat Kohli, after 2818 international runs, 11 hundreds including three double hundreds (two of them back-to-back) has finally decided he is exhausted.The time, therefore, is ripe for a short break.Kohli, the most prolific run-scorer of his generation, has been unstoppable over the last two years.The run glut started in January 2016 when he smashed 381 runs in a five-match ODI series in Australia. He then smashed 90*, 59* and 50 in the three-match T20I series helping India to a clean sweep. And that was just the beginning.
After leading India to triumph in the Asia Cup T20, Kohli continued his form at the World T20. It was at the IPL last year that Kohli really signalled his intention - 973 runs and four hundreds. There was no looking back.In the course of time, he would go on to become the first man to slam double hundreds in four successive series. In 2016, Kohli aggregated 641 T20 International runs from 15 matches, 739 ODI runs from 10 matches and 1215 Test runs from 12 matches.MS Dhoni's decision to step down as captain of India's limited-overs teams meant more responsibility for Kohli but that spurred him on to greater heights. In 26 ODIs, Kohli finished with 1460 runs - the leading scorer in the format by a wide margin. Despite an average run in Test cricket, he made that up with a 610-run series against Sri Lanka and moved up to No.2 in the ICC rankings.Despite those runs and wins, Kohli also managed to highlight headlines for other reasons.The Indian captain's furious response to Steve Smith's DRS brain-fade in the Bengaluru Test set the tone for a rivetting series. Kohli was not amused when Smith looked at the Australian dressing-room for a referral and claimed it was not the first time the Australian players tried to seek external help over the use of technology.Then there was the rift with Anil Kumble, who eventually stepped down as India coach after his partnership with the captain became "untenable".But Kohli seems to have come out even stronger. His passion for Indian victories, runs, hundreds, fitness and a team spirit based on mutual trust, respect and friendship has taken Indian cricket to dizzying heights.Time for a short break then, and Kohli has earned it. Make no mistake, 2018 will be one of the most challenging years in his glittering career.