Legendary Pakistani pacer,Shoaib Akhtar has come up with crucial advice for the Indian stalwart, Virat Kohli. The former Indian skipper recently ended his Test century drought in the 4th game of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia in Ahmedabad. Kohli’s first Test ton in over three years played a massive role in India’s memorable series win over Steve Smith’s Australia.
With the 2-1 series win over Australia, the Indian team has reached their second-successive ICC World Test Championship final. Akhtar, who recently backed Kohli to shatter Sachin Tendulkar’s incredible century record in world cricket, has come up with another massive statement about the talismanic leader of the Indian team. At a time when Kohli has returned to scoring ways for India across all formats, Shoaib Akhtar feels that the batting icon should only prioritize playing two of the oldest formats in international cricket.
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During a recent chat with Sports Tak, Shoaib Akhtar said, “As a cricketer, if you ask me, I feel he should stick with only Test and ODI formats. T20I format drains a lot of his energy. He wants to be out there, he wants to look good. He wants to have a good time in T20Is. But at times, he needs to save his body. How old is he right now? 34 right? If he plays 30-50 more Test matches, I’m sure it won’t be difficult for him to score 25 centuries in those Test matches.”
Before his batting masterclass against Australia in the Test series decider at Ahmedabad, Kohli had failed to slam a century in 41 consecutive innings. Kohli’s 28th Test ton was also his 8th Test ton against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
The batting icon has amassed as many as 75 centuries in international cricket. The 34-year-old has amassed 8,416 runs in 108 Test matches for Team India. An in-form Kohli will lead India’s batting charge in the final of the Test Championship final against Australia at The Oval.
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Explaining the same, Shoaib Akhtar said, “However, it will still be a daunting task for him in terms of fitness and mental health. It’s great that he is in a good frame of mind. He is concentrating and having a good time with his cricket. So he should remain focused and cross the 100-century barrier. And all these trash talks about Babar Azam and Virat Kohli – these are great players. Who is bigger than Kohli or Babar in Asia? No one. So all these loose talks are done just to grab attention.”