Virat Kohli announces retirement from T20 World Cup

Indian cricket legend Virat Kohli announced his retirement from T20 World Cup cricket following India’s seven-run victory over South Africa in Barbados on Saturday.

Kohli, who was named Player of the Match for his pivotal 76-run innings, shared the news shortly after the game. “This was my last T20 World Cup; this is exactly what we wanted to achieve,” Virat Kohli announced his retirement during the post-match presentation.

“One day, you feel like you can’t get a run, and then this happens. God is great. It was now or never. This was my last T20 game for India,” he added. “We wanted to lift that cup. It was an open secret. It’s time for the next generation to take the T20 game forward.”

“It’s been a long wait for us to win an ICC tournament. Look at someone like Rohit, he’s played in nine T20 World Cups, and this is my sixth. He deserves it.”

Kohli’s innings were crucial, particularly after struggling with only 75 runs in his previous seven matches. In the final, India faced early trouble at 34 for three during the Powerplay. Kohli, partnering with Axar Patel, stabilized the innings with a critical 72-run stand for the fourth wicket.

His 48-ball half-century, one of the slowest in Indian T20I history, anchored the innings. Kohli concluded with 76 runs off 59 balls, including six fours and two sixes.

At 35, Kohli joins the elite ranks of Marlon Samuels and Kumar Sangakkara as the only players to score multiple fifties in the T20 World Cup finals.

Virat Kohli announced his retirement as the highest run-scorer in T20 World Cup history with 1,292 runs and the second-highest run-scorer in T20I cricket, amassing 4,188 runs, second only to his teammate and captain, Rohit Sharma.

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