'It's time for the next generation to take over': Virat Kohli announces retirement from T20Is after leading India to T20 World Cup title | Cricket News


New Delhi: Star India batsman Virat Kohli After India's win, he surprised his fans by announcing his retirement from T20 Internationals. T20 World Cup Final Against South Africa.
Kohli played a key role in India's 7-run win over South Africa, scoring a match-winning 76 off 59 balls. His innings included two sixes and six fours, helping India recover from a poor start of 34 for three in the powerplay overs. Kohli's contribution helped the team reach a competitive score of 176 for seven.
On receiving the Man of the Match award, Kohli He made a surprise announcement, saying this was his last T20 International for India.
“This was my last T20 World Cup, this is exactly what we wanted to achieve,” Kohli said in a broadcast after India's triumph in a global tournament after 11 years.
He said, “One day you feel that you cannot score runs and it happens, God is great. It is just an opportunity, a now or never situation. This was my last T20 match for India. We wanted to win that cup.”
“Yes, I have done that. It was an open secret (retirement). It was not something I was going to announce even if I lost. It's time for the next generation to take the T20 game forward,” Kohli said when asked if he was officially announcing his retirement.
He said, “We had to wait a long time to win an ICC tournament. You look at a player like Rohit (Sharma), he has played 9 T20 World Cups and this is my sixth World Cup.”
“He deserves it. It's hard to hold back your emotions and I think it will all make sense later. It's a great day and I'm grateful for it,” Kohli said.


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