Rajkumar Sharma on Virat Kohli's retirement from T20 Internationals, said, “Good decision”


New Delhi [India]On Virat Kohli's retirement from T20 after winning the ICC T20 World Cup title, his childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma expressed his feelings and said that it was a good decision.

Rajkumar Sharma on Virat Kohli's retirement from T20 Internationals, said, “Good decision”

The Men in Blue defeated South Africa by seven runs in Barbados on Saturday to lift the coveted T20 World Cup trophy for the second time.

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Speaking on Star Sports, Rajkumar Sharma shared his thoughts on Virat Kohli's decision to retire from T20 cricket after winning the T20 World Cup final.

Rajkumar said, “The decision that Virat Kohli has taken is a big decision and he has taken this decision at a very big occasion, when India won the World Cup and Virat Kohli won the Man of the Match award in the final. This is the biggest thing for any player when he says goodbye to a format from such a big stage. So this is a very big decision. I appreciate his decision because he said that he wants to give a chance to the youth.”

The childhood coach further added that he believes Kohli will be able to focus more on Test matches after retirement.

Rajkumar said, “This is a very good decision and it will help him focus more on Test cricket. He likes Test cricket and wants to perform more in the Test format. His mindset is very good for Test cricket. I am confident that he will be able to focus more on it and perform well for the country. I want to congratulate the Indian team for winning the World Cup. I want to congratulate the entire support staff, selectors and BCCI for winning the World Cup. We were looking for the ICC trophy for a long time and it was accomplished yesterday.”

After scoring just 75 runs in the first seven innings of the competition, Virat came up with a 59-ball 76 at the most crucial moment with the help of six fours and two sixes. His runs came at a strike rate of 128.81. Virat scored 151 runs in eight innings with one half-century at an average of 18.87 and a strike rate of 112.68.

Virat has scored 1,292 runs in 35 T20 World Cup matches at an average of 58.72 and a strike rate of 128.81, including 15 half-centuries. His best score is 89*. He is the highest run-scorer in the history of the tournament.

In 125 T20I matches, Virat scored 4,188 runs at an average of 48.69 and a strike rate of 137.04. He scored one century and 38 fifties with a best score of 122*. He finished as the second-highest run-scorer of all time in this format.

In the final match of the tournament, India won the toss and decided to bat first. After being reduced to 34/3, a 72-run reply partnership between Virat and Axar Patel reinvigorated India's position in the game. A 57-run partnership between Virat and Shivam Dubey took India to 176/7 in 20 overs.

Keshav Maharaj and Anrich Nortje were the top bowlers for South Africa. Marco Jansen and Aiden Markram took one wicket each.

Chasing a target of 177, the Proteas were reduced to 12/2 and then a 58-run partnership between Quinton de Kock and Tristan Stubbs brought South Africa back into the game. Heinrich Klaasen's half-century threatened to take the game away from India. However, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik made a brilliant comeback in the death overs and restricted South Africa to 169/8 in 20 overs.

Virat won the 'Player of the Match' award for his performance. India ended an ICC trophy drought of over 10 years by winning their first ICC title since the Champions Trophy in 2013.

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