‘There comes a point when you can’t handle pressure.’ – Shahid Afridi
According to Afridi, the right-handed batter led the team brilliantly during his seven-year stint as Test captain.
The announcement that Virat Kohli would step down as India’s Test captain, came as something of a surprise to the cricket world. A day after India’s 1-2 Test series loss to South Africa. The 33-year-old took to social media to announce his major decision. The right-handed batter finished as the country’s most successful Test skipper and fourth-most successful overall. Having led the side to 40 wins in 68 games.
Many people believe that Kohli could have held the position for a few more years. Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, on the other hand, is not entirely convinced. Kohli made the correct decision, according to him, because an individual cannot handle a lot of pressure after a certain point.
I believe Virat Kohli captained for a sufficient amount of time: Shahid Afridi
Afridi also stated that the right-handed batter led the team brilliantly during his seven-year stint as Test captain. “I think it’s fine. Virat has played a lot of cricket and has been an excellent team leader. “I believe this is the right decision,” the veteran all-rounder said during a discussion on Samaa TV.
“There comes a point when you can’t handle too much pressure, and your own performance suffers as a result.” I believe he has captained for an extended period of time and at a high level. As a batter, he must now enjoy his cricket” the 41-year-old added.
Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see who will succeed Kohli as India’s next Test captain. Rohit Sharma, India’s designated white-ball skipper, has been promoted to full-time vice-captain. However, given his age of 34 and proclivity for injuries, entrusting him with the reins is not a simple decision.