India's best player on day-one was Srikar Bharat who was unbeaten on 70.
The 27-year-old Babar made two centuries against Australia before Wednesday's match and also racked up three tons in a row in 2016, all against the West Indies.
Azhar also hoped that all-rounder Hardik Pandya, after leading Gujarat Titans to the IPL 2022 title, shows consistency for longer periods.
Patidar cruised to a 49-ball century to remain unbeaten on 112 to set the base for RBC's victory LSG in the Eliminator.
Mumbai chased down a victory target of 160 in 19.1 overs to knock Delhi out and paved the way for RCB's entry as the fourth and final team in the knockout stage.
Kohli has been playing the game almost nonstop, at the highest level, for almost a decade and it is time he gave his body some rest and allowed his mind to relax.
Kohli has managed only one fifty in 13 innings this season and scored three ducks despite playing with new-found freedom having relinquished RCB captaincy last year.
Questions have been asked of how Kohli can get back to his run-scoring best or whether he needs a break from the game to find his lost touch.
RCB skipper Faf du Plessis said that Virat Kohli will play 'at the top'.
Shastri feels the likes of Kohli needs to be handled with care and empathy amid the COVID-19 restrictions which has confined players inside bio-bubbles.