The former Indian captain, Virat Kohli has seen some hardship in his career in the past couple of years. While he has not scored a century in over two and a half years, his half-centuries also have dried up in recent times. After his side was eliminated from the T20 World Cup 2021 last year, he stood down as the T20I captain. After being removed from his ODI captaincy, he resigned from his Test captaincy as well.
Fans expected Kohli to make the Indian T20 League 2022 count now that he was free of the pressure of captaining India, but instead his season tanked, with 341 runs in 16 matches. Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, speaking of Kohli, made a statement that is critical of Kohli’s demeanor. He stated that the former India captain must confront himself and evaluate his attitude.
“In cricket, attitude matters the most. That is what I talk about the most. Do you have an attitude towards cricket or not? That Kohli, earlier in his career, wanted to be the No. 1 batsman in the world… is he still playing cricket with the same motivation? That is the big question. He has the class. But does he really even want to be No. 1 again? Or does he think he has achieved everything in life? Now just relax and pass time? It’s all about attitude,” Afridi said while speaking to Pakistan news channel Samaa TV.
Virat has now taken a short break from cricket and missed India’s ongoing series against South Africa. India’s former head coach Ravi Shastri had earlier opined that the 33-year-old should take a break from cricket to clear his head.
“It’s not a lot of people who mentioned it (taking a break). There is one person precisely who has mentioned it which is Ravi Bhai and that’s because he has seen from close quarters over the last six-seven years the reality of the situation that I have been in,” Virat Kohli had told Star Sports.