Virat Kohli hints about retirement, reveals which format he can give up first
Will Virat Kohli retire? He’s just 31. At this age, everyone is expected to continue for a few more years with ease. The Indian captain might go for that. However, the body could not tolerate such stretches, he has also informed. He hinted at to give up one of the formats of the game. Is that it now?
If the body does not support, then the Test format is difficult to continue. However, Kohli likes this format again. So he can’t think about leaving the Test. He will probably continue the other two formats until the next World Cup.
Kohli has said all this in a live streaming with former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen on Instagram. Referring to the pressure of playing so much, he said,
“Honestly, I’m taking a break. I felt like I was doing too much in the last 2-3 seasons. So I have taken breaks here or there in the one-day or Twenty20 series. But I don’t want to miss Test cricket, really.”
He added, “There were some Twenty20 matches that I did not find very relevant. I said that at a press conference. Like I said, I don’t want to play a match where the motivation or enthusiasm is zero. I don’t like playing that way.”
Kohli has made it known in advance that he will make a decision after the ODI World Cup. “I’ve been playing in three formats for the last nine years. Also leading Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL for six years. It’s not easy. I have set a goal for the next 2-3 years until the World Cup. I’ll play with the highest effort. Then I will see where I am standing, what format I will play, then all the questions will come.”