Former Pakistan fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar predicted that the Indian stalwart, Virat Kohli might decide to retire from T20Is after the T20 World Cup 2022. The upcoming ICC showpiece event is schedul3d to be played between October 16 to November 13 in Australia. After India’s premature exit from the Asia Cup, former cricketer Gautam Gambhir said Kohli got a long rope in spite of not scoring a hundred for three years and added that other batters would have been dropped had they not hit a century for such a long time.
During a live session with India.com, Shoaib Akhtar said, “Kohli might just take retirement after the T20 World Cup. He may do that to extend his longevity in the other formats. If I was him, I would have looked at the larger picture and taken a call.”
The former Indian skipper announced his string comeback to form by scoring his 71st international century and a maiden T20I hundred during the Super Four match against Afghanistan at the Asia Cup. Kohli finished as the second highest run-scorer in the continental tournament with a tally of 276 runs in five outings.
Virat Kohli has played more than 100 matches for India in all three formats and if we just look at his T20I appearances, he has already played 104 games. Batting at an average of 51.94, Kohli has already amassed 3584 runs in the shortest formats in international competitions.
Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi, also Akhtar’s teammate, recently weighed in on the prospect of Kohli’s future retirement. He lauded Kohli for an illustrious career and believes that when the time comes, he expects the star batter to go out on a high rather than being a pale shadow of his dominating self.