Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi feels Indian skipper Virat Kohli should give up his captaincy role in all formats of the game to do more as a batsman. Speaking on ‘Sama TV Channel’, Afridi said that the decision of BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) to appoint Rohit Sharma as the captain of the Indian T20 team is a good one. The BCCI took this decision after Kohli had 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 amazing force for Indian cricket, but I think it will be good if he now decides to retire as captain in all formats.”
“I played with Rohit for a year and he is a wonderful player with a strong mindset. His strongest thing is that he can be ‘relax’ when it is necessary and he can also show aggression when it is absolutely necessary. This has also been shown for IPL (Indian Premier League) franchise Mumbai Indians. “He is a top-class player, his shot selection is excellent and he has the mindset of a good leader for the players,” he said. Afridi played with Rohit in the Deccan Chargers in the opening year of the IPL.
On Kohli’s decision to step down from T20 captaincy, Afridi said he was expecting it. Afridi feels Kohli should leave the captaincy and focus on his batting in all three formats and enjoy it. Afridi said, “I think Virat should leave the captaincy and enjoy the rest of his cricket and he still has a lot of cricket left. He is a top-class batsman and he can play ‘free’ without any other pressure in his mind. They will enjoy their cricket.
The thirty-three-year-old Kohli had also recently decided to step down from the captaincy of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. On the other hand, Ravi Shastri, who has ended his tenure as head coach, had hinted in a recent interview that Kohli may also quit the ODI captaincy and focus only on leading the Test team, which is his favorite format. Let us tell you that Kohli has not scored any Test century since the end of 2019.