Virat Kohli announces retirement from T20I cricket

India’s superstar batter Virat Kohli has announced his retirement from the T20 Internationals (T20I). Virat announced his decision during the post-match ceremony of the T20 World Cup 2024 final.

“This was my last T20 game playing for India”, Virat said after winning the Player of the Match award in the big final match. He scored 76 runs which helped India defeat South Africa by seven runs and win the T20 World Cup after 17 years. This is India’s second World Cup triumph and first one for Kohli.

“This was my last T20 game playing for India. We wanted to lift that cup. Wanted to Yes I have, this was an open secret. It was not something that I wasn’t going to announce even if we had lost. Time for the next generation to take the T20 game forward”, Virat said.

He made his T20I debut in 2010 against Zimbabwe. Kohli also captained India in 50 T20I matches.

Virat played 125 T20Is for India, amassing an impressive 4188 runs, the second-highest in T20I career runs, just behind Rohit Sharma. He recorded 38 half-centuries and one century.

Kohli will continue playing ODI and Test cricket.