‘Virat Kohli planned his T20I retirement six months ago,’ reveals Aakash Chopra | cricket.one

‘Virat Kohli planned his T20I retirement six months ago,’ reveals Aakash Chopra | cricket.one


Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma with the 2024 T20 World Cup trophy (BCCI)Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma with the 2024 T20 World Cup trophy (BCCI)

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma simultaneously announced their retirement from T20I on June 29 after Team India defeated South Africa in the final to win the 2024 T20 World Cup in Barbados.

Senior Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja also followed suit by announcing his retirement from the format the next day via a social media post.

As it turned out, several social media users and cricket experts speculated soon after their announcements that the three Indian legends “forced” to retire from T20Is. To address the issue, former Test cricketer Aakash Chopra has decided to speak his mind during an exclusive chat with CREX.

Aakash Chopra refutes rumours of Kohli’s ‘forced retirement’

Speaking to CREX, former Indian Test opener Aakash Chopra claimed that he doesn’t believe any player will announce retirement despite any kind of media pressure. Moreover, the cricketer-turned-commentator also stated that Virat Kohli had expressed his desire to retire from T20Is way back in January this year.

Chopra further claimed that Indian captain Rohit Sharma must have had the same mindset and praised 35-year-old Ravindra Jadeja for following his example as the next T20 World Cup is not yet two years away.

Both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli retired as two of the most prolific run-scorers in T20I history. While Sharma led the Indian team to T20 World Cup glory in his swansong, Kohli hit a match-winning 76 to claim the ‘Player of the Match’ award in the final against South Africa.

The two cricketers, as well as Ravindra Jadeja, will continue to prioritise Tests and ODIs for Team India.