“Words of wisdom” from Shahid Afridi to Virat Kohli: ‘Shouldn’t reach a stage where you’re dropped from the team.’
“Words of wisdom” from Shahid Afridi to Virat Kohli: ‘Shouldn’t reach a stage where you’re dropped from the team.’ Virat Kohli, who is 33, has at least three to four more years of cricket in him, and maybe even more. Kohli, the former captain of India, has been the face of Indian cricket since MS Dhoni left the team. Kohli has left behind an unmatched legacy that will be hard to match. First, he was the best batsman in the world and then led the Indian team to become the most successful Test captain. Every time Kohli plays, he breaks some kind of record, which shows how great he is.
But like all good things, Kohli’s career will end someday, and when it does, it will be interesting to see what kind of note he goes out on. Kohli hasn’t had the best two years. The former India captain has found it hard to score centuries, which he used to do with ease in almost every series. But taking a break and getting his first T20I century against Afghanistan in the just-ended Asia Cup 2022 might be just what Kohli’s career needed at this point.
Shahid Afridi talks about Kohli’s career.
Shahid Afridi, the former captain of Pakistan, talked about the possibility of Virat Kohli retiring in the future. He said that Kohli has had a great career and that when the time comes, he expects the star batter to go out on a high note instead of being a mere essence of his ex-self.
“The way Virat has played, the start that he had to his career, there was struggle initially before he made a name for himself. He is a champion and I believe there comes a stage when you are headed towards retirement. But in that scenario, the aim should be to go out on a high,” Afridi said on Samaa TV.
Kohli will be an exception!
Kohli plays all three types of cricket, so it’s only a matter of time before he drops one to focus on the other two, like England’s Ben Stokes did recently. Players from the subcontinent aren’t known for retiring at the right time. Still, Afridi is sure that Kohli, who has almost 24,000 runs in international cricket, will be an exception and end his career at the top of his game.“It shouldn’t reach a stage where you are dropped from the team and instead when you are at your peak. It seldom happens though. Very few players, especially cricketers from Asia Cup make that decision, but I feel when Virat does it, he will do it style and probably in the same manner in which he started his career,” the former all-rounder added.