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Virat Kohli drops bombshell, retires from T20Is with maiden T20 World Cup trophy

Virat Kohli drops bombshell, retires from T20Is with maiden T20 World Cup trophy

Virat Kohli made his T20I debut in 2010 against Zimbabwe and played 125 matches, scoring 4188 runs.

Virat Kohli has announced his retirement from T20Is after winning his maiden T20 World Cup trophy in Barbados. The stalwart was the Player of the Match of the IND vs SA Final as he rescued India with a 76-run knock. With the T20 World Cup box checked, Kohli now passes the baton to the next generation.

“This was my last T20 World Cup, and this is what we wanted to achieve. One day you feel you can’t get a run, then things happen. God is great, and I got the job done for the team on the day it mattered,” Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation.

Now or never

For Virat Kohli, the writing was there on the wall as his age was catching up with him. With the young generation waiting on the bench, it was time for him to vacate the seat and he does so on a high. Kohli said this T20 World Cup was now or never for him as it would have been his last T20 in an India jersey.

It was Now or never, last T20 for India. I wanted to make the most of it. Wanted to lift the cup, wanted to respect the situation rather than force it. This was an open secret, it’s time for the next generation to take over, some amazing players will take the team forward and keep the flag waving high,” Kohli added.

Kohli completes cycle

✅ODI World Cup
✅T20 World Cup
✅Champions Trophy
✅T20 World Cup Player of the Tournament x 2
✅ODI World Cup Player of the Tournament
✅ICC Cricketer of the Year
✅ICC ODI Cricketer of the year

Virat Kohli 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐭𝐞-𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭

Virat Kohli T20 career

  • Matches: 125
  • Inns: 117
  • Runs: 4188
  • SR: 137.04
  • Avg: 48.69
  • 50/100: 38/1

Making his debut back in 2010 against Zimbabwe, it is now the perfect time. As Shubman Gill leads India in Zimbabwe, a new cycle will begin.

In his 14-year T20I career, Virat Kohli scored 4188 runs, the second-highest after Rohit Sharma. He also scored 38 half-centuries and a century.

“It’s been difficult and hence the emotions of how the game went as well. Where we came back from, the kind of character the guy showed. It’s really difficult to hold things back. I think it’s going to sink in a little later and the emotions are going to come to the surface little later more but its just an amazing day and I couldn’t be more thankful,” Virat Kohli added.


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