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‘During His Time Away..’, Former England Cricketer Explains What Might Make Virat Kohli Announce Retirement

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‘He Just Wants To Go, Have A Quiet Time..’, Former England Cricketer Opines On Virat Kohli’s Post-Retirement Life (Photo credit: Twitter @RCBTweets)

Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan has said that Virat Kohli will only retire from cricket if he feels the need to spend time like a normal person. Kohli finished with 741 runs in 15 matches in IPL 2024, at a stunning average of 61.75. He is part of India’s team for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the USA.

While his IPL 2024 campaign ended in despair yet again with Royal Challengers Bangalore finishing fourth, Kohli would now take inspiration from his IPL form and carry it ahead into the World Cup.

At 35, with kids aged three years and three months, Kohli’s retirement has began being a discussion point amongst fans as well as experts.

“During his time away from the India vs England Test series, I believe he went to London and led a normal life. I’ve read a few of his comments and quotes and he just absolutely adored that normal life. I think that may take Virat away from cricket, like he just wants to go and have a quiet time for a while,” Vaughan said while speaking on Cricbuzz.

“A brilliant season (IPL 2024). You talk about retirement with Virat Kohli, I look at this in a way that he can play for long. He is that fit. Unless his mind goes and he’s obviously got a young family now. In two-three years’ time, everything changes, and he just wants to spend quiet time; I completely get that,” Vaughan added.

Kohli has been one of the best cricketers of the current generation and ever since his debut back in 2008, he has played numerous match-winning innings across formats.

Kohli has scored 26733 runs across formats, at a stunning average of 54.11 and with a whopping 80 hundreds to his name.

Vaughan further lauded Kohli for his capability to evolve during IPL 2024 despite his brilliant achievements.

“He is a class act. His game is obviously up there with the greats of the game, but the way that he has gone up a gear to stay afloat in this modern era of T20s is exactly what you need. He’s got the game, the mindset, the work ethic that he would have had to put in the nets to work on that sweep shot,” Vaughan said.

“I love his energy. He causes a bit of chaos in the game; he gives it to the camera and keeps fingers on his mouth to shut them up now and again, but sports need such characters. Those who can keep you going, keep you on the edge of your seat, cause a little controversy,” Vaughan added.

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