RCB vs CSK: Virat Kohli to retire after IPL 2024? Indian legend's shocking admission

Updated - 16 May 2024, 11:22 AM

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credits: Twitter)

Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli opened up about his retirement plans ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024, scheduled to be played in the West Indies and the USA in June. Virat Kohli stated that he wants to avoid regrets before retiring from professional cricket.

Virat Kohli, renowned as one of cricket's finest batters, has left an indelible mark on the sport. The right-handed batter has achieved several world records in his career. His influence contributed to the inclusion of the sport in the Olympic program for Los Angeles 2028.

The 35-year-old is currently representing the Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in the Indian Premier League 2024. Kohli holds the Orange Cap, scoring 661 runs in 13 matches at an impressive average of 66.10 and a strike rate of 155.16, including one century and five fifties.

RCB is currently in sixth place in the table with 12 points. The team will face the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their final league match. RCB needs to surpass CSK's net run rate (NRR) to remain in contention for the playoffs. CSK's NRR stands at +0.528, while RCB's is +0.387.

Do Have End-Date To Our Careers - Virat Kohli

At the RCB's Royal Gala Dinner, Virat Kohli said that he wants to avoid regrets by ensuring he leaves no unfinished business behind before retiring.

"It's quite simple. I think as sportsmen, we do have an end date to our careers. So I am just working backward. I don't want to finish my career thinking 'oh, what if I have done this on that particular day' because I can't keep going on and on forever. So it's just about not leaving any undone business behind and not have any regrets later, which I am sure I won't," said Kohli.

That's The Only Thing Keeps Me Going - Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli suggested that he plans to take a significant break after retiring from cricket. The former RCB skipper expressed his commitment to giving his all while he's still playing.

"Once I am done, I will be gone, you won't see me for a while (smiles). So I want to give it everything I have till the time I play, and that's the only thing that keeps me going," Kohli added.

After the IPL, Virat Kohli will play for India in the T20 World Cup. There were concerns about his batting approach before the squad selection. However, Kohli silenced critics with his exceptional power-hitting and maintaining a high strike rate during IPL 2024.

India's T20 World Cup Squad: Rohit Sharma (C), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Mohammed Siraj.

Reserves: Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Khaleel Ahmed, Avesh Khan

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