Virat Kohli is very vocal about the pride he takes in representing his country. Though the Indian skipper often takes a break from cricket to ensure his body is well rested; the 29-year-old believes in giving it his 100 per cent every time he walks to the ground.
On Sunday, India registered a thumping eight-wicket victory over West Indies in the first ODI of the five-match series, powered by Kohli’s 140-run knock.
Needless to say, Kohli’s statement on late Sunday night, that he has “a few years left” in his career, did not go down well with his fans. The Delhi batsman’s post-match comment has left his fans wondering if he is planning an early retirement.
His statement made it sound as if he is has begun his retirement plans, with many fearing that the batsman could call it quits as early as after the 2019 World Cup. Kohli is in top form and has been dominating international cricket regardless of opposition, venue and format. He has been rolling past milestones and records, and it would indeed be a pity to see him retire at an early age.
Nevertheless, these conjectures were put to rest as Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma on Tuesday said that Virat would do no such thing. He assured that talks of the batting maestro retiring early should not be taken seriously.
Sharma made it crystal clear that Virat would not call it a day until he turns 40, adding that fitness is not going to be an issue for the aggressive batsman. He also added that Virat has the hunger for runs and is good to carry on for at least another decade.
Kohli to play for next 10 years for India: childhood coach
“I don’t think he wanted to say a few years. You be assured. You will see him playing for India for the next 10 years. He will not retire before the age of 40 as his appetite to make runs will not satiate before that,” Sharma said.
“He(Virat) did not want to say that. He wanted to say that he has 5-7 years left to play the game. He is not going anywhere for the next 10 years. There is no injury concern to him,” Kohli’s childhood coach added.