Former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar recommends Virat Kohli shift focus to Test cricket, eyeing Tendulkar’s 100-century landmark. Akhtar’s insights emerge after Kohli’s 15-year milestone in international cricket, sparking intriguing discussions.
In a surprising twist, former Pakistan pace spearhead Shoaib Akhtar has advised Indian cricket superstar Virat Kohli to step away from white-ball cricket after the upcoming World Cup and concentrate solely on Test cricket. Akhtar believes that Kohli has the potential to match the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s remarkable record of 100 international centuries, and he should aim to achieve this feat by focusing on the longest format of the game.
Speaking on the special World Cup episode of “Backstage With Boria” on Revsportz, Akhtar expressed his belief that Kohli has the capability to surpass Tendulkar’s milestone. “Kohli should focus on Test cricket and aim to equal Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 international centuries. I think he should play for at least 6 more years. Kohli has it in him to break the record. He should focus on Test cricket after this World Cup,” stated Akhtar.
The former speedster’s enthusiasm for Kohli’s abilities was evident as he recalled Kohli’s impactful performance during the previous T20 World Cup held in Australia. Akhtar believed that the cricketing gods were on Kohli’s side during that crucial match against Pakistan. “That match was all about Kohli. The cricket gods wanted to do it for him. It was God’s way of telling him – this is your stage, come and become king again,” Akhtar remarked.
Highlighting the significance of the match, Akhtar pointed out the dramatic elements that contributed to Kohli’s success. “If you see all that transpired, rain and a lot of it, 100,000 people, 1.3 billion Indians watching, 30 crore Pakistanis watching, the whole world in awe – the stage was set for Kohli. When you add the two sixes he hit off Haris Rauf, that match gave him back his kingdom. I think it was all destined for him on that day at the MCG,” Akhtar added.
Kohli, often considered a modern-day great, reached a remarkable milestone on Friday, marking 15 years in international cricket. His journey began in 2008 when he made his debut for the Indian cricket team in an ODI against Sri Lanka in Dambulla. Since then, Kohli has established himself as one of the premier batsmen in world cricket, amassing numerous records and accolades across all formats.
As the cricketing world eagerly anticipates Kohli’s future decisions and performances, Akhtar’s bold suggestion has sparked a fresh wave of discussions and debates about the Indian captain’s career trajectory and the potential legacy he could leave behind.
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