Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi feels Indian captain Virat Kohli should step down from the leadership role in all formats of the game to flourish as a batsman.
Speaking on a television channel, Afridi said that the BCCI’s decision to appoint Rohit Sharma as India’s T20 captain was a good one.
“I think he (Kohli) has been a wonderful force for Indian cricket but I think it would be best if he decided to retire as captain in all formats now,” Afridi said. “I have played with Rohit for a year and he is an outstanding player with a top mentality. His biggest asset is he can stay relaxed where required and show aggression when it is needed the most,” he added.
The Pakistani star said Rohit had the mental strength to be a good captain and he has proved that with his IPL franchise Mumbai Indians.
Afridi played with Rohit for Deccan Chargers during the IPL’s inaugural edition.
On Kohli’s decision to step down as T20 captain, Afridi said he was expecting this to happen. Afridi felt that the 33-year-old Kohli should give up the captaincy and focus on his batting now in all three formats and enjoy himself.
“...I think Virat should step down as captain and just enjoy his remaining cricket. He is a top batsman and he can play freely without any other pressure on his mind. He will enjoy his cricket,” Afridi said.