Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi believes that when Virat Kohli decides to retire, he should be at the top of his game.
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi believes that when Kohli decides to retire, he should be at the top of his game.
Virat Kohli ‘out of form’?- Epic Reply To All The Critics
After finishing Asia Cup 2022 as India’s leading run-scorer, Virat Kohli has silenced his detractors.
With his maiden T20I century against Afghanistan, the 33-year-old ended his century drought; he also smashed a couple of half-centuries in the multi-nation tournament.
Many questions were raised about Kohli’s place in India’s T20I squad prior to the start of the Asia Cup, but he answered them with his bat and secured a spot in the T20 World Cup squad.
He recently took a short break to work on his mental health, and when he returned, his batting approach looked revitalized.
The batting legend is 33 years old and has at least 3-4 years left in him based on his exceptional fitness level.
Kohli’s prolonged batting slump had become a major talking point, but after taking a month off before the Asia Cup, he returned rejuvenated to silence the critics.
In his five tournament innings, Kohli also hit two fifties, and his Asia Cup total was only surpassed by Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan, whose 55 in the final put him ahead with 281 runs from six matches.
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Kohli went on to score 276 runs at an average of 92 in the Asia Cup, with his 122 not out against Afghanistan marking his first century for India in any format since November 2019.
It was also his first three-figure Twenty20 international score.
Kohli turns 34 on November 5, and several commentators have questioned whether he should retire from one of the formats in the future.
When Kohli retires from cricket, retired Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi believes he should be at the top of his game.
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi believes that, like every other player, a time will come for Kohli to retire, and that the Indian batter should end his career on a high note.
“The way Virat Kohli has played, there was a struggle at the start of his career before he made a name for himself.
He is a champion, and I believe he will win a point when you must retire. But, in that case, the goal should be to leave on a high note”
Afridi does not want Kohli to reach a point where he is forced to retire as a result of being dropped.
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It should not get to the point where you’re kicked off the team, but rather when you’re at your best.”
This is, however, exceptionally rare.
Very few players, particularly Asian cricketers, make that decision, but I believe Virat will do it in style and likely in the same manner in which he began his career,” the former all-rounder Afridi added.
Kohli has scored 122-runs against Afghanistan, Kohli became the second batsman after Rohit Sharma to score more than 3500 runs in T20I cricket.
India had a forgettable Asia Cup 2022, failing to qualify for the final after losses to Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Kohli’s return to form, on the other hand, was a huge boost for them ahead of the T20 World Cup.