Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has advised Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, to step down as the captain from all the formats in order to extend his career and, more importantly, focus on his batting.
Kohli relinquished his T20I captaincy after citing issues with his workload management. He is also going through a dry patch batting-wise, having failed to score a century for almost two years now. His previous hundred came against Bangladesh at home back in November 2019.
“I think he has been a wonderful force for Indian cricket, but I think it would be best if he decided to retire as captain in all formats now. I think Virat should step down as captain and just enjoy his remaining cricket, which I think [is] plenty.
“He is a top batsman, and he can play freely without any other pressures on his mind. He will enjoy his cricket,” Afridi said while speaking on the Samaa television channel.
“Rohit Sharma has the mentality to be a good leader of the players” – Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi further added that BCCI’s decision to announce opener, Rohit Sharma, as the T20I skipper was the right choice. Rohit’s first assignment will be the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand at home starting on November 17.
“I have played with Rohit for a year, and he is an outstanding player with a top mentality. His biggest asset is he can stay relaxed where required and show aggression when it is needed the most.
“He is a top-level player with terrific shot selection, and he has the mentality to be a good leader of the players,” Afridi mentioned.
The Indian team exited from the T20 World Cup, which was Kohli’s first and last T20 tournament as Indian captain, in the Group stage itself.