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Does Virat Kohli really even want to be No. 1 anymore or just pass time? – Shahid Afridi questions Indian star’s attitude

Despite being in the middle of a rough patch, Kohli has maintained that he has been in good space mentally.

Saurabh Ganguly Editor

Updated - 16 June 2022 11:40 am

Shahid Afridi

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has questioned Indian batter Virat Kohli’s attitude amid poor form across formats. While Kohli is regarded as one of the best batters of the modern generation, the right-handed star has not scored a single century since 2019. Moreover, the string of low scores has become worse in recent times with Kohli registering more than one golden duck in IPL 2022.

Despite being in the middle of a rough patch, Kohli has maintained that he has been in good space mentally. However, Afridi reckons that Kohli should be more mindful of where he stands in his career at this point in time. The ex-Pakistani cricketer stated that it is up to Kohli’s mindset and whether he wants to get back to being number 1 in the world or be satisfied with his past achievements.

“In cricket, attitude matters the most. That is what I talk about the most. Do you have the attitude towards cricket or not? That Kohli, earlier in his career, wanted to be the No. 1 batsman in the world… is he still playing cricket with the same motivation? That is the big question. He has the class. But does he really even want to be No. 1 again? Or does he think he has achieved everything in life. Now just relax and pass time? It’s all about attitude,” Afridi said on Samaa TV.

Many including former India head coach Ravi Shastri had suggested Virat to take a break which he did after he was rested for India’s home series against South Africa. But whether it helps him or not will be on display when India tour England in an all-format series.

India‘s rescheduled Test match against England will commence on July 1.

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