Virat and Rohit declare their retirement from T20 internationals format

Team India’s iconic cricketers Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have officially announced their retirement from the T20 internationals (T20Is) after winning the T20 World Cup 2024 on Saturday (29th June) in Barbados. These two duo batters have scored 4,000-plus runs in their T20I career.

Currently, the 37-year-old Rohit Sharma scored 4,231 runs in 151 T20I innings, which features 5 centuries and 32 half-centuries to his name with an average of 32.05 and a strike rate of 140.89. It includes his highest score of an unbeaten 121-run knock against Afghanistan in 2023. 

Whereas, the 35-year-old Virat Kohli accumulated 4,188 runs in 117 T20I innings, having a record of a century and 38 half centuries at an average of 48.69 and strike rate of 137.04. He achieved his highest score with his unbeaten 122-run knock against Afghanistan in Asia Cup 2022.

Since the “Ro-Ko” combination (Rohit-Kohli) have declared their retirement, the Pakistan team skipper Babar Azam, who is the 3rd highest run scorer in T20Is (4,145 runs in 116 innings), has higher chances to top the charts.

However, Virat Kohli concluded his last T20I match in style by receiving the Player of the Match award for his brilliant 59-ball-76 run knock against the South Africa in the final. His exceptional performance proved crucial for India to recover from a shaky start and win their second World Cup title as well as the first in 17 years.

Following Virat Kohli’s statement, Rohit Sharma immediately announced his retirement from the T20I format after the final match between India and South Africa.

Virat Kohli’s statement about his T20I retirement: An Emotional Speech to all fans

After receiving his Player of the Match award, Virat Kohli shared an emotional speech to all his fans about his retirement from T20I format:

“Certainly! Many of you might have had this doubt, but I would clarify that this is my last T20 game playing for Indian cricket as well as my last World Cup of this format. I wanted to make use of the opportunity to the maximum extent possible. Also, this was our main aim, and we wanted to emerge victorious in an ICC tournament to lift the trophy.

Although it was an open secret, it was not something that I was not going to declare even if we had lost the game. I feel that it’s time that the next generation should take over as there are few fantastic players in India. I strongly believe that they will keep the nation’s flag waving high and really transform the present team from here onwards”, said Kohli during the post match presentation. 

Rohit Sharma joins with Virat Kohli to announce T20I retirement: A Heart Touching Message

During the post match press conference, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma confirmed his decision to retire from T20I format and felt it was a perfect moment to take this decision after winning the World Cup in the shortest format:

“Yes! I need to announce that this is my last T20 game for Team India. There wouldn’t be a better time to say goodbye to this format. Since I started my career in India playing this format, I have enjoyed every moment. This is what exactly I desired, and I aimed to win this World Cup at any cost.

It’s very tough to say in words how desperate I was to win this title in my life. Yeah, it’s a very emotional moment for me as of now. However, I’m happy that we worked as a team and succeeded in overcoming the obstacles”, said Rohit Sharma.

Conclusion:

Rohit Sharma decided to remain silent until the post match presentation to officially declare his retirement. Whereas, his opening partner Virat Kohli made his decision to give the format a grand farewell during the presentation of the Player of the Match award.

The records of Rohit and Virat in T20Is highlight their masterclass performance and the two legends retiring the format as the highest run scorers. Additionally, Rohit Sharma became the only Indian player to hold the record of participating in all the editions of the T20 World Cup starting from 2007 to 2024 and established himself as one of the most successful Indian captains in cricket history. 

After MS Dhoni won the T20 World Cup trophy in 2007, it took another 17 years for Team India to win the next title under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy.

Now, it’s time for Rohit and Kohli to create another sensation and win their next ICC trophy in ODI and Test format.

Ultimately, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli concluded their T20I career on a high note after Team India lifted their second ICC T20 World Cup trophy.

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