“Some Retire Only Once”: Amit Mishra Reacts To Shahid Afridi’s Advice For Virat Kohli

A day after former Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi issued retirement advice for Indian star Virat Kohli, former Indian leg spinner Amit Mishra had a sharp answer. Afridi had said that if Kohli chooses to retire, he must do so at a high level and that it should not come at a time when he is kicked out of the team. Responding to a news story about Afridi’s quotes, Amit Mishra wrote: “Dear Afridi, some people only retire once, so spare Virat Kohli all this.”

Mishra’s tweet was prompted by Afridi’s history in which he announced his retirement several times before withdrawing his decision.

“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, the goal should be to go out on a high,” Afridi had 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.”

Kohli went through a long, lean spell, but came back into shape in the Asian Cup, and in a certain style.

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He hit two half-centuries and then ended his century of drought that lasted nearly three years by scoring his first T20 International (T20I) ton.

In the Asian Cup, Kohli scored 276 runs with an average of 92 and a strike rate of 147.59. He was the second highest points scorer, behind Pakistani Mohammad Rizwan.

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