Image Source: Twitter/ICC In Frame- Shoaib Akhtar & Virat Kohli
Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistans former star pacer, "wants" Virat Kohli to retire from T20 Internationals, believing that the Indian batting maestro should not devote his "entire energy" to the shortest format.
Akhtar praised Kohli after his unbeaten 82 against Pakistan in Sundays T20 World Cup match helped India win by four wickets at a packed Melbourne Cricket Ground.
"He played the greatest innings of his life against Pakistan, in my opinion." He played this way because he was confident that he could do it."
"Hes back with a vengeance. I want him to retire from T20I cricket because I dont want him to devote all of his energy to it. With the same dedication as today, he can score three centuries in ODIs "According to Akhtars YouTube channel.
Umpire bhaiyo, food for thought aaj raat k liye ? pic.twitter.com/vafnDG0EVd— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 23, 2022
Kohli single-handedly propelled India to victory after they were staring defeat in the tournaments most anticipated game at one point.
Akhtar recalled the criticism heaped on Kohli during his prolonged slump with the bat.
"He was down and out for three years, he didnt score runs, he was demoted, and a lot of people said a lot of things to him."
"People even dragged his family into it but he kept training and put in the graft and just a day before Diwali, he played a firecracker on an innings. He decided that this place and this stage is perfect for his comeback.
"The king is back and he is back with a bang and I am really happy for him. He is a great cricketer," the Pakistan pacer added.