Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has raised serious questions about former India skipper Virat Kohli‘s attitude. The destructive all-rounder has asked Kohli whether he still has the motivation to become the numero uno batter in the world.
Over the last couple of years, the Indian run-machine has been going through a lean patch with the bat. Since November 2019, Kohli hasn’t been able to score even a single hundred across the formats. Virat Kohli’s poor run of form continued in the recently-concluded IPL as well, where the former RCB skipper managed only 341 runs in 16 matches at an average of 22.73 and a miserable strike rate of 115.98.
“Do you have the attitude towards cricket or not?” – Shahid Afridi asks Virat Kohli
While speaking to Samaa TV, the former Pakistan skipper reflected on Virat Kohli’s extended run of poor form and questioned his attitude towards the game.
“In cricket, attitude matters the most. That is what I talk about the most. Do you have the attitude towards cricket or not? That Kohli, earlier in his career, wanted to be the No. 1 batsman in the world… is he still playing cricket with the same motivation? That is the big question. He has the class. But does he really even want to be No. 1 again? Or does he think he has achieved everything in life? Now just relax and pass time? It’s all about attitude,” said Shahid Afridi.
Virat Kohli could only score two half-centuries during the whole IPL campaign and shockingly registered three golden ducks.
After a poor IPL, the national selectors decided to the rest the former Indian skipper for the ongoing T20I series against the Proteas as part of the workload management. Apart from him, the current Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammad Shami have also been given a much-needed break ahead of the vital tour to England.