Former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar claimed India’s Virat Kohli should retire from Twenty20 Internationals after the former captain guided the Men in Blue to win against the Green Shirts in last week’s World Cup opener at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Shoaib Akhtar wants Virat Kohli to retire T20I
At the start of the blockbuster event, Kohli struck 82 runs off 53 balls under intense pressure to lead his team to a victory, making history one of the greatest individual innings in the shortest version of the game.
Ravingly describing Kohli’s batting as “the best inning of his life,” the Rawalpindi Express gave him high marks. While playing Afghanistan in the T20 Asia Cup 2022 Super Four, Kohli scored his first century in nearly three years.
“I want him to retire from T20I because I don’t want [him to put] his entire energy into T20I cricket. If he used all his might like he did today, he can score three centuries in ODIs,” Akhtar said on his YouTube channel.
“According to me, he played like this because he had the self-belief that he will do it,” the former pacer said.
“He was down and out for three years, he didn’t score runs, he was stripped of his captaincy and many people said many things to him.”
“People even dragged his family into it but he kept training and just a day before Diwali he played a firecracker on an innings,” said Akhtar, who holds the record for the fastest bowling.
“He decided that this place and this stage is perfect for his comeback. The king is back and he is back with a bang and I am really happy for him. He is a great cricketer,” he said.