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Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi questions Virat Kohli’s attitude: Does he really want to be No.1 again?


Virat Kohli, whose centuries have dried up, was rested for the five T20Is against South Africa after the conclusion of the 2022 Indian Premier League. He has not registered an international century for over two years.

Virat Kohli playing a shot off the bowling of Shahid Afridi. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virat Kohli hasn’t scored a century for over 2 years
  • Kohli became a victim of first-ball ducks in the IPL
  • Kohli was sacked as India ODI captain last year

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has questioned Virat Kohli’s attitude as the ex-India skipper continues to go through a lean patch.

Kohli, whose centuries have dried up, was rested for the five T20Is against South Africa after the conclusion of the 2022 Indian Premier League. During the IPL, Kohli became a victim of first-ball ducks as well. The Indian superstar has not registered an international century for over two years.

Afridi questioned whether Kohli is still playing with the same motivation he had during his prime years. The former Pakistan cricketer also asked whether Kohli wants to become No.1 again or is he content with what he has achieved.

“In cricket, attitude matters the most. That is what I talk about the most. Do you have the attitude towards cricket or not? That Kohli, earlier in his career, wanted to be the No. 1 batsman in the world is he still playing cricket with the same motivation? That is the big question,” Afridi said on Samaa TV.

“He has the class. But does he really even want to be No. 1 again? Or does he think he has achieved everything in life. Now just relax and pass time? It’s all about attitude.”

Kohli stepped down as T20I captain after India’s premature exit from the T20 World Cup 2021. He was then sacked as ODI captain before he relinquished the Test captaincy as well. Kohli was named in the Test squad for the fifth match against England, which is scheduled from July 1-5. India currently lead the Test series 2-1.



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