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'Highest Point…': Virat Kohli's Childhood Coach On Benefits From Star Batter's Retirement

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

Team India outclassed South Africa in a tense final to lift the 2024 T20 World Cup at Barbados on June 29. Ageing warhorse Virat Kohli top-scored in the match with an influential 76, and formed steady partnerships with Axar Patel and Shivam Dube.

Remarkably, shortly after the match, Kohli stunned one-and-all by announcing his retirement from T20I cricket. His childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma believes his apprentice retired on a significant occasion, and described winning a World Cup as the ‘highest point’ for any player.

Rajkumar Sharma congratulates Virat Kohli and Team India

While speaking with the Star Sports Network, Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma congratulated his former apprentice and the Indian cricket team for winning the 2024 T20 World Cup. 

Sharma also extended his appreciation for the Indian support staff, the selectors and the BCCI for ending India’s decade-long title drought in ICC events.

Furthermore, Rajkumar Sharma congratulated Virat Kohli for retiring at the ‘highest point’ of his T20I career, by equating the same with India’s World Cup win. 

The prominent cricket coach believes that going ahead, Kohli can focus more towards Test matches and hailed the legendary batter for making way for the younger generations to step up in T20Is.

Virat Kohli will continue to play ODIs and Test matches for Team India and will be expected to make his return to international setup within the next few months. 

Kohli’s next major ICC assignment is set to be the 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan. Prior to the impending multi-nation tournament, the 35-year-old will be expected to tour Australia later this year for a five-match Test series.