Virat Kohli finally broke his dry spell after two years of relative silence in the just finished Asia Cup, when he also hammered the coveted 71st international century of his career. With 276 runs from five games, including a century and two half-centuries, Kohli concluded the tournament as the second-highest run-scorer.

Kohli would now be looking to perform the same or perhaps better in Australia with the T20 World Cup rapidly approaching. After losing to New Zealand and Pakistan in the group round, The Men In Blue suffered one of their poorest performances in the tournament last year in the UAE, failing to advance to the semifinals. The team, led by Kohli, will try to redeem themselves this time and give India their second T20 World Cup victory following a successful run under MS Dhoni in the 2007 inaugural tournament.

While the talks are mostly buzzing around the World Cup, which gets underway from October 16, former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has predicted Kohli might consider retirement from the shorter format after the showpiece event.

“Kohli may decide to retire after the T20 World Cup. He could act in such a way to be relevant in the other forms longer. If I were him, I would have considered the whole picture before making a decision, Akhtar stated during a LIVE session held on India.com.

If we just look at his T20I appearances, Kohli has already played 104 games for India in over 100 matches across all three forms. In the shortest forms of international contests, Kohli has amassed 3584 runs while batting at a 51.94 batting average.

Akhtar’s colleague and former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi recently spoke on the possibility of Kohli retiring in the future. When the time comes, he wants the star hitter to go on a high note rather than being a mere shell of his former dominant self. He praised Kohli for a distinguished career.