Former cricketer AB de Villiers feels it will be a perfect opportunity for Virat Kohli to announce his retirement from LOIs if Team India wins the upcoming 2023 ODI World Cup. The mega-event is all set to take place in October-November in India. This will be Virat Kohli’s fourth ODI World Cup edition.
Virat Kohli was part of the 2011 Indian World Cup winning team. He led India at the 2019 World Cup in England. His former Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate AB de Villiers suggested that it would be ideal for Virat Kohli to quit ODI and T20Is if India wins the upcoming World Championship.
In a video on his YouTube channel, AB de Villiers answer if the Indian batter will play in the 2027 World Cup in South Africa. He responded,
“I know he loves travelling to South Africa, but it’s very difficult to say. It is a long time away. Let’s focus on this one first, I think that’s what Virat Kohli would tell you. I think if they win this World Cup, it might not be a bad time to say, ‘Thank you very much. I am maybe just going to play Test cricket for the next few years and a little bit of IPL, enjoy the last bit of my career, have enough family time, and say goodbye to everyone.”
“But he is in incredible shape and is mentally still there. He has been rested from time to time, which I think is a great move. So, I think the hunger and the fire will still be there,” he added.
Virat Kohli wants to win World Cups for his team: AB de Villiers
Former cricketer AB de Villiers was also asked if Virat Kohli would be able to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of scoring 100 International centuries. He responded that Kohli doesn’t focus on breaking records, and wants to win championships for his team. AB de Villiers said,
“I don’t think that is his focus. That is not his main drive. He has never been all about myself kind of a guy. He wants to win World Cups for his team and be part of a successful unit in all formats of the game.”
“Kohli is a team player, and that’s what you see on the field (with) all those emotions coming out. Especially when he is fielding, there is nothing really to gain for him, but you could see that emotion, which tells you how much it means to him to win,” he added.