Afridi advises Kohli to retire before being dropped
He himself made no less drama about retirement. Said goodbye to cricket several times, came back again. There are at least five retirements and comebacks at different times in Shahid Afridi’s career. There was no less humor about this. This time it was Afridi who advised Virat Kohli to retire. He said, Kohli should retire with honor before being dropped.
Kohli returned to the run with the recently concluded Asia Cup after being out of rhythm for a long time. He scored 276 runs at an average of 92 in 5 matches with 1 century and 2 fifties. After November 2019, he got his first century in the Asia Cup.
Before the World Cup, the return of the team’s best batsman is giving relief to the Indian team. Even though India could not meet the expectations of the fans in the Asia Cup, many people feel that Kohli’s return to form is positive.
Due to his great performance in the Asia Cup, Kohli is getting praise not only from Indians but also from arch-rivals Pakistan. Former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar even gave him the title of ‘Iron Man’.
Afridi also talked about Kohli on a Pakistani television channel. Referring to the former India captain as a ‘champion’, Afridi said, ‘Virat (Kohli) had to struggle a lot before getting fame at the beginning of his career. He is a champion. But I believe there comes a time in everyone’s career when they have to move on to retirement. Then the goal should be to leave with your head held high.
Kohli, who was on the way to achieve one milestone in his career, suddenly lost his rhythm. At one stage, he lost the captaincy of the country in all three editions. Many former Indian cricketers, including Kapil Dev, also talked about dropping Kohli.
The Board of Cricket in India (BCCI) also rested Kohli to get him back into rhythm. Finally, Kohli responded to the critics by breaking the long streak and batting well in the Asia Cup.
However, Afridi advised Kohli to think about retirement while having this good time, “You should not go to a stage where you will be left out of the team. Rather, one should depart from the top. However, this is rarely the case. Very few players, especially Asians, can get this decision right. But I think, when Kohli retires, he will take it well. He will leave with the same personality that he started his career with.