“Shouldn’t Reach A Stage…”: Shahid Afridi’s Retirement Advice For Virat Kohli

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Virat Kohli has cleared many doubts with his great form in the recently concluded Asian Cup. The former captain of the Indian cricket team hit a ton and two half centuries to close out the tournament in a great way. While India failed to qualify for the final, Kohli’s form was certainly positive for the team. It will also give a boost to the side going to the T20 World Cup. Kohli turns 34 in November and several pundits have talked about whether he should give up any of the formats in the near future. Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said that when Kohli decides to retire from cricket, he should be at the top of his game.

“The way Virat has played, the start he had to his career, he had overcome difficulties and worked hard before he made a name for himself. He is a champion and I believe there comes a phase where you are on your way to retirement. A podium should be the goal to go out on a high,” Afridi said on Samaa TV.

“It should not come to the point where you are kicked out of the team. Instead, you should report your retirement when you are at your peak. However, it rarely happens. Very few players, especially cricketers from the Asian region, make that decision , but I feel that when Virat does it, he will do it in a good way and probably end his career in style, just like he started his career.”

In the Asian Cup, Kohli scored 276 runs at an average of 92, with his 122 out against Afghanistan becoming his first century for India in any form since November 2019. It was also his first three-figure score in a Twenty20 International.

Kohli’s prolonged slump had become a major talking point, but after taking a month’s break from cricket for the Asia Cup, he returned refreshed to silence the chatter.


Kohil also hit two fifties in his five tournament innings and his Asia Cup total was only surpassed by Pakistani Mohammad Rizwan, whose 55 in the final pushed him to the front with 281 runs from six games.

With AFP inputs

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