Shoaib Akhtar, a former fast bowler for Pakistan, said that India’s Virat Kohli should stop playing Twenty20 Internationals after Kohli led the Men in Blue to a win over the Green Shirts in the World Cup’s first game last week at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Virat Kohli should retire from T20Is, says Shoaib Akhtar
At the start of the big event, Kohli hit 82 runs off 53 balls while under a lot of pressure to help his team win. This is one of the best individual innings in the history of the game’s shortest version. The Rawalpindi Express gave Kohli high marks and called his batting “the best inning of his life.” Kohli got his first hundred in almost three years when he played Afghanistan in the T20 Asia Cup 2022 Super Four.
“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.