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Shahid Afridi tells Virat Kohli to retire, gets brutal response from India cricketer

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi is a man known for his blunt speech.

The fiery Pathan is not someone who holds back his opinions or is bound by the niceties of diplomacy.

No wonder, he has landed into many controversies owing to his comments.

However, his latest quip takes the cake!

Afridi told a TV channel in Pakistan that it’s probably the right time for Virat Kohli to hang up his boots.

Afridi added that whenever Kohli decides to retire from cricket, he should be at the top of his game.

 

“The way Virat has played, the start that he had to his career, he had overcome struggles and work hard before he made a name for himself.”
“He is a champion and I believe there comes a stage when you are headed towards retirement. At such a stage, the aim should be to go out on a high,” Afridi stated.

 

“It shouldn’t reach a stage where you are dropped from the team. Instead, retirement should be announced when you are at your peak. It seldom happens though.”

“Very few players, especially cricketers from the Asian region make that decision, but I feel when Virat does it, he will do in a good way and probably end his career in style much like the way he began his career.”

Kohli was in sizzling form at the Asia Cup scoring 276 runs at an average of 92.

His 122 not out against Afghanistan was his first century for India in any format since November 2019.

It was also his maiden century in a Twenty20 international.

Amit Mishra trolls Afridi

Afridi’s unsolicited advice drew a sharp reaction from former India leg-spinner, Amit Mishra.

Mishra wrote on his Twitter handle, “Dear Afridi, some people retire only once, so please spare Virat Kohli from all this.”

Afridi retired five times in his 22-year-long international career.

He first announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2006 before making a U-turn just two weeks later.

The former Pakistani all-rounder finally bid goodbye to Tests in 2010.

He then retired from white-ball international cricket in 2011, but changed his mind after five months.

Afridi finally retired from ODIs and T20Is in 2015 and 2017, respectively.

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