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RCB Coach Makes Special IPL Wish For Virat Kohli After T20I Retirement And World Cup Win

Virat Kohli with the 2024 T20 World Cup trophy (AP)Virat Kohli with the 2024 T20 World Cup trophy (AP)

Virat Kohli announced his T20I retirement shortly after Team India clinched the 2024 T20 World Cup by defeating South Africa in a hard-fought final in Barbados. The legendary cricketer concluded his career on a high, bagging the ‘Player of the Match’ award in the title clash for punching out a sizzling 76-run knock.

Shortly after Kohli’s T20I retirement announcement and India’s moment of triumph, RCB head coach Andy Flower has now made a special wish for the legendary Indian batter.

Flower wishes ‘outstanding’ IPL success for Kohli

While speaking on ESPNCricinfo alongside Sanjay Manjrekar, former Zimbabwe cricketer and active RCB head coach Andy Flower praised Virat Kohli for taking retirement from T20Is on a high note. 

Flower also talked about Kohli’s prolific run with the bat in the recently-concluded IPL 2024 season, where the legendary batter finished as the highest run-scorer of the tournament.

He said:“What a lovely way to go out of T20Is. He had a brilliant IPL, didn't he? He showed what he could do. I must say... I've said it before, but I'll repeat it because it's important. Watching a guy in his mid-30s who has done so much in the world game and in the IPL push himself to develop his game even further, at this stage of his career was really impressive.”

Andy Flower further expressed his wish of seeing Virat Kohli perform exceedingly well in IPL cricket in the years to come. 

He added:“It showed the depth of his hunger and desire to do better, to push himself for his good and the good of his team. I loved watching that. I can't disagree with Sanjay (Manjrekar) that Tests and ODIs are his absolute sweet spots. But he has been a brilliant T20 cricketer, what an amazing man to watch play. Hopefully, we are going to see him do outstanding things in whatever T20 cricket he has got left.”

Virat Kohli finished the 2024 T20 World Cup with 151 runs from eight innings, which included 76 runs in the final against South Africa

Overall, the cricketer concluded his T20I career with 4,188 runs to become the second-highest run-maker of all time behind captain and fellow retiree Rohit Sharma.

Kohli’s next primary international assignment remains this year’s grueling Test tour of Australia, and the 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan.