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T20 World Cup: Shoaib Akhtar ‘wants’ Virat Kohli to quit T20 Internationals | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s former star player Shoaib Akhtar “wants” Virat Kohli to retire from T20 Internationals as he believes the Indian batting maestro should not put his “full energy” in the shortest form.
Akhtar praised Kohli after his unbeaten 82 against Pakistan in the World Cup T20 match helped India clinch a thrilling four wicket win at a packed Melbourne Cricket Ground.
“I think he played the best innings of his life against Pakistan. He played that way because he had the confidence that he would do it.

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“He’s back with a blast. I want him to quit T20I because I don’t want him to put all his energy into T20I cricket. With the same dedication as today, he can score three centuries in ODIs,” Akhtar said on his Youtube channel .
Kohli single-handedly propelled India to victory after looking down at one point in the highly anticipated match of the tournament.

Akhtar recalled the criticism Kohli had received during his prolonged lean run with the bat.
“He was down and out for three years, he didn’t score any points, he was stripped of his captaincy and a lot of people said a lot of things to him.

“People even dragged his family into it, but he kept training and did it and just a day before Diwali he had a blast in an innings. He decided that this place and this stage is perfect for his comeback.
“The king is back and he’s back with a bang and I’m very happy for him. He’s a great cricketer,” added the Pakistani pacesetter.



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