With Indian star Virat Kohli rested for the T20I and ODI series on the South Africa tour, the South African player AB de Villiers opens and shares his views on Virat Kohli’s future.
AB de Villiers hints on Virat Kohli’s Future
With India scheduled to play in the South Africa tour 2023, the Indian star Virat Kohli has been rested in the T20I and ODI series. His decision to sit out on the series indicates an interesting shift in his career.
Kohli has two ICC trophies in his career carries the legacy of being the most successful Test Captain of all time and recorded almost every batting record.
The victory in the World Cup 2023 could have added another trophy to his case, but their defeat in the World Cup finals proved that not all endings are perfect. Despite being a fitness freak, there remains a question of how long he intends to play. By the World Cup 2027, he will be 39 and it will be too much for Kohli to cross the period.
On this occasion, Kohli’s RCB teammate AB de Villiers who has a unique bond between them suggested Kohli can carry on playing ODIs and Tests a little longer. He spoke about India’s tour of South Africa in 2023 and spoke about the future of the Indian star.
“I hope he continues to play ODIs and Tests. I’m sure he has got a plan in place. It’s very reasonable and normal for him to be tired, to feel like it’s time for him to unfold that final chapter in a way. I don’t exactly know how long he will play for but I would like it to be for as long as possible.
He’s been incredible to watch and we all want to see a little bit more of him. The South Africa series is important to him, and he might play a few, rest and sit out a few and find a way to manage himself leading up to the end of his career,” Brand Ambassador of the SA20, De Villiers said.
“At a very early stage, Virat found a way to master his own game, and understand what works for him and he has taken that into the highest-pressure moments.”
“It’s a privilege to have shared the dressing room with him, partnerships with him, and some incredible moments with him. He’s a fantastic player and long may that continue. Hopefully, that career has got a few more years in it.”
India has never won a Test series in South Africa. Virat Kohli has an impressive average of 51.35 in seven tests he played in South Africa and will be looking forward to winning the Test series.
With the tour set to begin, India will be playing their first T20I match on December 10 at Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban.