File photo of Virat Kohli© AFP
Star India batsman Virat Kohli returned to form in the recently concluded Asia Cup and even ended a century that lasted almost three years. Between the runs, Kohli is set to play a key role in India’s campaign in the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia next month. However, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has made a bold prediction that Kohli may walk away from the shortest format after the mega event in Australia to extend his career in Tests and ODIs.
Akhtar said, “Kohli may retire after the T20 World Cup. He may do so to increase his longevity in other formats.” India.com on a live session,
“If I were him, I would have looked at the big picture and made a decision,” said the great fast bowler.
The cricket calendar is getting packed by the day, with many cricketers having either retired from a format like Ben Stokes and Aaron Finch, or opted for a lesser workload like Trent Boult, who is not carrying a central contract.
Kohli, who recently became the first Indian and the second player in the world to play more than 100 matches in all three formats, returned to the Asia Cup after a month-long break from cricket.
The 33-year-old looked fresh and scored 276 runs in five matches in the Asia Cup, just five runs behind the tournament’s top scorer Mohammad Rizwan.
His unbeaten 122 against Afghanistan, which was also his maiden T20I century, was a defining moment for him in the competition.
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