Former Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi believes Indian captain Virat Kohli should step down from the leadership role in all formats of the game to thrive as a drummer for his country.
Speaking on Samaa TV channel, Afridi said BCCI’s decision to appoint Rohit Sharma as India’s T20 captain was a good move. This was after Kohli stepped down as T20 captain at the end of India’s T20 World Cup campaign.
“I think he has been a wonderful force for Indian cricket, but I think it would be better if he decided to retire as captain in all formats now,” Afridi said.
“I played with Rohit for a year and he is an exceptional player with a high level mentality. His greatest asset is that he can stay relaxed where needed and be aggressive when it is. most necessary, ”he added.
The Pakistani star said Rohit had the mental toughness to be a good captain and he showed it with his IPL Mumbai Indians franchise.
“He’s a top player with a great selection of shots and he has the mentality of being a good leader of the players,” he said.
Afridi played with Rohit for Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League launch year.
On Kohli’s decision to step down as captain of the T20, Afridi said he expects this to happen. Afridi felt Kohli should give up the captain and focus on his stick now in all three formats and have fun.
“… I think Virat should step down as captain and enjoy his remaining cricket, which I think is abundantly. He’s a great batsman and he can play freely without any further pressure on his mind. He will enjoy it. his cricket, ”Afridi said. .
Kohli, 33, also recently resigned as captain of IPL’s Royal Challengers Bangalore team.
Outgoing head coach Ravi Shastri hinted in a recent interview that Kohli could also step down as ODI captain and focus solely on leading the test team, a format he enjoys. most.
Kohli hasn’t scored a century of testing since late 2019.
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