India’s batting icon Virat Kohli’s latest Twitter post sent a frenzy across the internet on Saturday and even sparked rumors of his retirement from the influential messaging app. Virat Kohli, who is currently resting at home alongside other senior players such as skipper Rohit Sharma, vice-captain KL Rahulspinner Ravichandran Ashwin and pacer Muhammad Shami took to the microblogging platform to share a photo of his winning match against Pakistan at Australia’s recently concluded T20 World Cup.
“October 23, 2022 will always be special in my heart. Never felt such energy in a cricket match before. What a blessed night that was,” Virat Kohli wrote in the post’s caption.
However, the Delhi-born cricketer’s post left fans wondering if he was about to retire from T20Is. Virat Kohli’s former India teammate and legendary skipper MS Dhoni similarly announced his retirement on Instagram two years ago.
Pal do pal Ka sayar Hu …… when?
— ³ (@Legspinner3) November 26, 2022
Pehle mujhe laga the dreaded R word aane wala tha
– Son! || Ignore and fly (@fanatic_devil16) November 26, 2022
Bhai aisi photo daal ke matt likha karo kuch. Heartbeat badh jaati ke retirement to announce nai kardi kahin
— Jahazi (@Oye_Jahazi) November 26, 2022
Dara diya ffs
— Adition. (@Sassy_Soul_) November 26, 2022
Virat Kohli hit a stunning 82 from 53 deliveries to help the Men in Blue to a famous win at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. Virat Kohli’s innings was cited as the greatest T20 knock by former Australian captain Greg Chappell and several other legends of the game.
Greg Chappell called Virat Kohli, the greatest Indian batsman of his time, and said his innings legitimized T20 cricket.
“The Bhagavad Gita is the sacred book that is the synthesis of Hinduism. Literally translated it means “the song of God”. Kohli played an innings as close to a ‘song by god’ as ever played in T20 cricket,” wrote Greg Chappell in his column for the Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald.
“Like a cat playing with a new skein of wool, Kohli then skillfully teased an excellent Pakistani bowling strike until he lay unraveled, exhausted and naked on the MCG’s green carpet.” “…It was an innings that showcased the art of batting like no other I have seen in a lifetime of watching cricket,” the former Team India coach added.
Ironically, it was also the innings that legitimized T20 cricket as, dare I say it, an art form, more than I’ve seen in the last 15 years. Nobody can dismiss T20 cricket as entertainment anymore,’ Greg Chappell commented.
“None of the greats of days gone by could have so brutally dismembered an opponent without compromising the finesse of the batting art as Kohli did last Sunday night,” he continued.
“Kohli is the most complete Indian batsman of my time. Only the greatest champions have the courage and intelligence to take their imaginations beyond the mortal plane. Kohli has that. Perhaps only Tiger Pataudi has come close to transcending a comparable stratosphere,” explains Greg Chappell.
Greg Chappell even cited the example of the legendary Adam Gilchrist to argue that Virat Kohli’s strike against Pakistan was even more fun than the southpaw’s exploits in the past.
“I can think of many of the best hitters in the modern game who could have, and probably did, a similar victory, but no one has ever done it with sheer hitting ability the way Kohli did against Pakistan,” he said.
“Only Adam Gilchrist has come close in the past, but this was even more esoteric than some of his most sublime efforts. Looking away was just impossible. It gave me tremendous pleasure as it was played by one of the most loyal supporters and exponents of Test cricket for the last 145 years,” illustrated the Australian great.
“This was the day T20 cricket came of age, and the nail-biting game was played between two of the younger nations of the game’s long form in front of 90,000 riveting fans, most of whom were thousands of miles from the land of their birth,” said Greg Chappell.
“We’ve known for some time that Kohli is in a rare league, but this has come against the backdrop of a pretty meager run over the past few years by his lofty standards. Not many will have to go through in the brilliance that Virat has. Everyone has had an opinion; most of it was focused on his eyes and/or his technique somehow diminished. As someone who has been on that trail, I was pretty sure it wasn’t,” he noted.
“It’s probably the best T20 innings of his career, and it’s also perhaps one of the most satisfying in any format. He looked completely at home. He was in his element,” Greg Chappell concluded.