Former India captain Virat Kohli has not had a great run at the highest level in the post-Covid era. Before the pandemic hit the globe, Kohli had recorded his 70th international ton – second among Indians and third overall – but struggled to hit the triple-digit mark in any format at any time. any level since November 2019.
Even in the IPL 2022 edition, where Kohli represented Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) without captaincy duties, the 33-year-old finished with his second-worst season, after IPL 2010, and came back with 341 runs (with two half- centuries) at an average of 22.73 and a strike rate of 115.98. So, he was given some time on the 22-meter cricket rink, which had been a popular tip for many former cricketers after seeing his struggles during IPL 15. Amidst all this, former Pakistani all-rounder and captain Shahid Afridi joined the bandwagon and commented on Kohli’s dry run.
Speaking to Samaa TV, Afridi talked about ‘attitude’ and stressed, “In cricket, attitude matters the most. That’s what I talk about the most. Do you have the attitude towards cricket or not? This Kohli, earlier in his career, wanted to be the No. 1 batsman in the world… does he still play cricket with the same motivation? That’s the big question. He has class. But does he really want to be No. 1 again? thinks he has accomplished everything in life. Now relax and pass the time? It’s all about attitude.
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Ever since Afridi talked about being ‘No. 1’, Kohli is in tenth place for hitters in the ICC Test Rankings and third in ODIs. In T20Is, he is not even in the top 20 (21st position).
At present, Kohli is spending time with family and is not in the India squad without Rohit Sharma for the ongoing home T20I against South Africa. He will return for the single test against England in July.
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