After Virat Kohli defeats Pakistan in a storied India victory, Shoaib Akhtar says, “I want him to retire from T20Is because…

One of the most intense contests between the two bitter rivals occurred during the Super 12 game of the T20 World Cup 2022 between India and Pakistan. The game ended up being a nail-biting thriller that had the audience’s attention right up to the very last ball when India defeated Pakistan by four wickets off the last delivery after chasing down the 160-run goal. Both sides gave it their best in a see-saw struggle, and although India emerged victorious in the mental match, Pakistan gained a lot from the experience.

On his YouTube channel, Shoaib Akhtar was all love for the Pakistani squad. The former Pakistani quick praised Pakistan’s heroes, including Iftikhar Ahmed and Shan Masood, whose half-centuries stabilized the innings after they had cheaply lost openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, as well as their pacers Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah, who early on rocked India and reduced them to 31/4.

“Pakistan has performed well. Be positive; you all performed well. India performed well, winning one of the greatest games in history. It was a whole World Cup game. Everything was there: a dropped catch, a run-out, a no-ball, controversy, stumping, etc “On his YouTube channel, Akhtar said. “The World Cup has just recently begun; it won’t officially begin until India and Pakistan square off. Later in this World Cup, Pakistan will face India one more.”

Virat Kohli, the evening’s headliner, received particular plaudits from Akhtar for his brilliant 82 not out off 53 balls. Many people, including the Player of the Match, praised Kohli’s innings as his finest T20 performance. And Akhtar called it the “biggest” performance of his life. Akhtar has always been outspoken about his support for the former India captain, even during his darkest moments.

“Jab Irade toot-te hai toh yakeen bahar aata hai aur jab yakeen pukhta ho jata hai toh character bahar aata hai and uska naam Virat Kohli hai,” (When you’re down, self-confidence has to be revived and when confidence gets consolidated, the character gets channelized and Virat Kohli is a personification of the same) Akhtar pointed out.

“Sabse badi innings wo khel gaye, mein khyal me. Wo unko yakin tha ki wo kar jayega wo isliye khel gaye kyunki ( He played the biggest innings of his life). He possessed the confidence and spirit necessary to play the knock, therefore he could do so “revealed Akhtar.