It seems as if the Australians are so flustered by their recent poor performance, that their reporters have begun to hope and pray for the Indians to retire so that Tim Paine's men have the time for a breather.January 11, 2019
Just hours before the three-game ODI series begins between India and Australia in Sydney, one reporter just happened to ask Indian captain, Virat Kohli about his retirement plans and whether the batsman is planning to play domestic or league cricket, once he departs from the international level.
Kohli, with his caustic wit, immediately responded saying that he has played a lifetime worth of cricket in the past five years and once he hangs the gloves, he will be in no state to play anymore post that.
The skipper believes that he will continue to represent his country until he is completely 'spent' and once that happens, he will completely vanish from the cricketing world.
Obviously, the question did not go down well with the Indian fans who either got really angry or really emotional at the thought of the prodigy bidding adieu.
This question is an exhibition of ausiss frustration :)— ANIL KUMAR N R (@anil0520) January 11, 2019
Why that man is even asking for his retirement?
He is just 29. Many more years he has to play. Many more records yet to break. Many more achievements India yet has to get.
Yeh Journalists k pass retirement k alawa koi question nahi hota kya? ð
"I won't pick up my bat again" listening this from u is horrible for us @imVkohli ð¢ð— Just for ViRat (@riyaViratkohli) January 11, 2019
Cricket will be boring without Virat... I love everything about him as a cricketer ðð— ÙØ±ØØ§Ù ØØ³ÛÙ (@Faryfarhan) January 11, 2019
Retirement? Not so soon.yes,can retire from captaincy so that can concentrate on batting only to topple Sachin's record. Offcourse Sachin is all time great. And Rohit is better captain.— Musakalli Mulla (@musakallimulla) January 11, 2019
do not talk about retirement, you have to play a lot now. You still have to break a lot of records. It is a lot of people have to ignore you. ð— Mohd Sahil (@Mohd_Sahil9090) January 11, 2019
Ok kill me now. I'm hurt!!!!!!— Suprasanna Baruah (@SuprasannaBarua) January 11, 2019
Sometimes I feel these reporter's are totally nuts and their brains have gone for a walk.Asking a batsman who is mere 30 and at the peak of his batting prowess about retirement plan is total madness..— Amit Dhiman (@Amit_Dhiman86) January 11, 2019
Noooooo....,,ðð£ð£ ,,,, Don't even think about, that reporter got brain fade,,,,,,, you're not done @imVkohli .U can play for 10 yrs more....upto 150 International centuries.......even time could change it's way for U.....ððð— Ayush Raghuwanshi (@AyushRag95) January 11, 2019
All jokes aside, while Kohli is evolving his game as he gains more and more experience, a comparable difference can be seen in his maturity as the head representative of his country and as the captain of his team.
The way Kohli responded to the crucial question proves his awareness of the expectations attached to him and the responsibility he shoulders as the leader.