Former Pakistani cricketer advises Kohli to step down from captaincy in all formats

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Former Pakistani cricketer advises Kohli to step down from captaincy in all formats

Karachi. Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi feels Indian captain Virat Kohli should give up his role as captain in all formats of the game to do more as a hitter. Speaking on ‘Sama TV Channel’, Afridi said that the decision of the BCCI (Cricket Board of India) to appoint Rohit Sharma as the captain of the Indian T20 team is a good one. The decision was made by BCCI after Kohli decided to step down from the T20 captaincy at the end of India’s T20 World Cup campaign.

Afridi said: “I think he has been an incredible force for Indian cricket, but I think it would be nice 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 mentality. His strongest point is that he can ‘relax’ when necessary and can also show aggression when absolutely necessary.

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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) Mumbai Indians franchise. “He is a top player, his shooting selection is excellent and he has the mentality to be a good leader for the players. Afridi played with Rohit for the Deccan Chargers in the IPL’s inaugural year. On Kohli’s decision to resign the captaincy of the T20, Afridi said he was looking forward to it.Afridi feels that Kohli should leave the captaincy and focus on his hitting in all three formats and enjoy it.

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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 first-class hitter and can play ‘free’ without any other pressure in mind. You will enjoy your cricket.

The 33-year-old had also recently decided to step down from the Royal Challengers Bangalore captaincy 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 step down from the ODI captaincy and focus only on leading the test team, which is his favorite format. Kohli hasn’t scored a testing century since late 2019.

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