Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Friday revealed his retirement plan.
Speaking to reporters in Sydney ahead of Men-in-Blue’s first match of the three-match One Day Internationals (ODI) series against Australia, the stylish 30-year-old skipper threw light on his plans for life after cricket.
Kohli revealed that playing cricket will not be chief among them.
“I don’t feel like I am going to pick up the bat again, to be honest,” Kohli said ahead of the first ODI against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), before adding, “Once I’m done I’ll be done and I won’t be seen around the scene.”
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However, this is not the first time when Virat Kohli has talked about his retirement. Earlier during West Indies’ tour to India last year, the Delhi batsman had hinted towards an early retirement from cricket.
“I have a few years left in my career to enjoy this sport. Playing for the country is a matter of pride and a huge honour. You can’t afford to take any game lightly. You got to be honest to the sport and that is when the sport gives you back. I try to do that. That’s my basic thinking, because you are playing for India and not everyone gets to do that,” Kohli was quoted as saying at the post-match press conference.
Meanwhile, speaking to the media about Hardik Pandya’s controversial remark, Kohli clarified Indian cricketers do not support their views.
“We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers do not support such views,” Kohli said. “The two concerned players have realised what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what has happened,” he added.
Team India is slated to play three-match ODI series against Australia in Down Under following which Virat Kohli-led side will travel to New Zealand.
Earlier, Virat Kohli and his boys scripted history by winning the four-match Test series against Australia in Down Under 2-1. With the win in four-match Test series against Australia in their backyard, Virat Kohli’s team became first ever Indian side to win a Test series in Down Under in seven decades. Indian team is also the first ever Asian team to win a Test series in Australia.