Virat Kohli to retire later this year? Shoaib Akthar makes big statement

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It has been 14 years since Virat Kohli made his first appearance in international cricket for the national cricket team of India. Since then, he is dominating world cricket with excellent performances across all formats. Speaking of T20I cricket, then he has played 104 matches in the shortest format.

He has also crossed the number of 100 matches in both ODI and Test formats. Notably, Kohli is the only Indian in history to play 100 matches across all the formats of the game. The 33-year-old recently made his comeback in the form of a stunning century against Afghanistan in the recently-concluded Asia Cup 2022.

He may do that to extend his longevity in the other formats – Shoaib Akhtar on Virat Kohli

While all teams are gearing up for the upcoming 20-20 World Cup 2022 commencing on the 16th of October next month, former legendary Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar has come up with a big statement regarding Kohli’s retirement from the T20 internationals.

“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,” said Akthar to India.com.

Speaking of the right-hander’s performance in the Asia Cup 2022, then he scored 276 runs in the five innings of the five matches. The Delhi batter scored runs with an amazing average of 92.00 having a century and two half-centuries on his credit. He ended up in the tournament as the second highest run-scorer just five runs behind the star Pakistani batter Mohammad Rizwan.

Now, the former skipper will be eyeing continuing his purple patch with the bat in the upcoming bilateral T20I assignments against Australia and South Africa respectively.

The Indian team didn’t have an expected outing in last year’s 20-20 World Cup as they were knocked out of the tournament after losing to New Zealand and Pakistan in the group round.

Indians are still waiting for the title triumph since MS Dhoni-led young Indian team won the inaugural edition of the 20-20 World Cup.

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