Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi feels that Indian skipper Virat Kohli should give up the role of captaincy in all formats of the game to perform better as a batsman. Speaking on Sama TV Channel, Afridi said that the decision of BCCI (Cricket Board of India) to appoint Rohit Sharma as the captain of the Indian T20 team is a good one. The BCCI took this decision after Kohli had decided to step down from the T20 captaincy at the end of Indias T20 World Cup campaign.
Afridi said, “I think he (Virat kohli) has been an amazing force for Indian cricket but I think it will be good if he now decides to retire as captain in all formats. . He said, "I played with Rohit for a year and he is a wonderful player with a strong mindset. His strongest point is that he can relax when necessary and can also show aggression when it is absolutely necessary. The Pakistani star said that Rohit has the mental strength to be a good captain and has shown it for his IPL (Indian Premier League) franchise Mumbai Indians.
“He is a top class player, his shot selection is excellent and he has the mindset to be a good leader for the players. "Afridi played with Rohit in the Deccan Chargers in the starting year of IPL. On Kohlis decision to step down from T20 captaincy, Afridi said he was expecting it. Afridi feels that Kohli should leave the captaincy and focus on his batting in all three formats and enjoy it. Afridi said, “I think Virat should leave the captaincy and enjoy the rest of his cricket and I think he still has a lot of cricket left. He is a top class batsman and he can play free without any other pressure in the mind. He will enjoy his cricket. ,
The thirty-three-year-old had also recently decided to step down from the captaincy of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. On the other hand, Ravi Shastri, who has finished his tenure as head coach, had hinted in a recent interview that Kohli may also give up the ODI captaincy and focus only on leading the Test team which is his favorite format. Kohli has not scored any Test century since the end of 2019.