File photo of Virat Kohli© AFP
Star Indian batter Virat Kohli stormed back to form in the recently concluded Asian Cup, even ending a century of drought that lasted nearly three years. Back between runs, Kohli will play a pivotal role in India’s campaign at the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia, which starts next month. However, former Pakistani pacesetter Shoaib Akhtar has made a bold prediction that Kohli could move away from the shortest format after the mega event in Australia to extend his career in Tests and ODIs.
“Kohli might retire after the T20 World Cup. Maybe he’ll do that to extend his lifespan in the other formats,” Akhtar told India.com during a live session.
“If I were him, I would have looked at the bigger picture and called in,” said the legendary pacer.
With the cricket calendar getting fuller by the day, several cricketers have either withdrawn from one format such as Ben Stokes and Aaron Finch, or opted for less workload as Trent Boult did by not entering into a central contract.
Kohli, who became the first Indian and only second in the world to recently play more than 100 matches in each of the three formats, returned to Asia Cup action after a month-long hiatus from cricket.
The 33-year-old looked fresh, scoring 276 runs from five Asian Cup matches, finishing just five runs behind tournament top scorer Mohammad Rizwan.
His unbeaten 122 against Afghanistan, which was also his first T20I century, was the defining moment for him in the competition.
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