Virat Kohli gets pension advice from Shahid Afridi, says ‘must not reach stage where…’


Virat Kohli’s career was at a crossroads until he proved it to his critics very recently. Kohli broke his 71st international century, to end a 1020-day wait, 3 years since he last lifted the bat in jubilation. Throughout 2022, the 33-year-old has struggled with runs.

During India’s tour of England, Virat’s highest score was 20 runs, far from his own high standards. He then took a much-needed break from cricket, returned rejuvenated and nearly finished as the top points scorer of 2022 Asia Cup, with 276 runs.

While he was eventually plucked to the highest go-getter title by Mohammad Rizwan, Kohli has picked just the perfect moment to peak with the T20 World Cup on the horizon. That said, all good things come to an end, so does the talisman batsman career.

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One day he will hang up his boots, and when that day comes, former Pakistani legend Shahid Afridi urged Kohli to bow to a climax. Afridi advised the former Indian skipper to know when to stop and leave, rather than being ‘dropped’ from the team.

“The way Virat has played, the start he had to his career, it was a struggle at first before he made a name for himself. He is a champion and I believe there comes a phase where you are on your way to retirement. But in that scenario “The goal should be to go out on a high,” Afridi said, speaking to Samaa TV.

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Recently there were reports of BCCI wanting to start Kohli’s move into cricket after the T20 World Cup. He is not getting any younger, turning 34 in November, and there will come a time when it will be difficult to play all three formats.

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“It shouldn’t come to the point where you get kicked out of the team and instead when you’re at your peak. However, it rarely happens. Very few players, especially Asian Cup cricketers, make that decision, but I feel when Virat does does, he will do it in style and probably the same way he started his career,” said the ex-Pak all-rounder.