The cricket community has been thrown into a loop by Shahid Afridi’s retirement advice to Virat Kohli. Many people were astonished by Afridi’s remark’s timing, given Virat Kohli had just returned to form by scoring the second-most goals in the 2022 Asia Cup. In 5 games, Kohli amassed 286 runs at an average of 92 and a strike rate of 147.59. Mohammad Rizwan of Pakistan, who eventually finished with the most runs scored in the competition, only scored five more runs than Kohli in six matches while maintaining a strike rate of 117 and an average of 56. The former Pakistani captain was attacked by former India spinner Amit Mishra for suggesting Kohli depart the game on a high rather than being dropped or questioned after receiving widespread criticism on social media, mostly from Indian supporters.

Mishra, who has played for India in 22 Tests, 36 ODIs, and 10 T20Is, taking 76, 64, and 16 wickets respectively, tweeted to Afridi, “Dear Afridi, some people retire only once therefore kindly save Virat Kohli from all this.”

All of it began when Afridi said that Virat has a better sense of time than other Asian cricketers and may retire at the top of his career. “With the manner, Virat has played and the rocky beginning to his career, it took him some time to establish himself. He is a champion, and I think you reach a point when retiring is inevitable. However, in such case, the goal should be to end on a high, “Speaking on Samaa TV, Afridi.

“It shouldn’t get to the point where you are cut from the squad, but rather when you are performing at your best. Though it doesn’t happen often. Very few athletes, particularly cricketers from the Asia Cup, choose to do it, but I believe that if Virat does, he would do it with flair and likely in the same way that he began his career “Added the former all-arounder.

The former all-words rounders were not well received by the crowd, who criticized Afridi. Afridi has had several retirements during his career. His initial Test retirement occurred in 2006, however, it was quickly revoked. After leading Pakistan in one Test against Australia, he once again announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2010.

After the 2011 World Cup, Pakistan’s skipper Afridi declared his retirement from all competitive sports, however, he later changed his mind at the board’s request. He captained the team throughout the 2015 ODI World Cup before deciding to give up all forms of the game in 2017.