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Afridi: Kohli should give up captaincy in all formats


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Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi said Indian captain Virat Kohli should step down from the captaincy role in all three formats of the game to flourish as a batsman.

Afridi backed BCCI's decision to appoint Rohit Sharma as India's T20 captain. He believes that Kohli should give up the captaincy and focus on his batting in all three formats and enjoy himself.

"I think Virat should step down as captain and just enjoy his remaining cricket which I think aplenty. He is a top batsman and he can play freely without any other pressures on his mind. He will enjoy his cricket," Afridi said while speaking on the Samaa television.

"I think he 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.

Afridi and Rohit played for Deccan Chargers in the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He heaped praises on Rohit and said he has the mentality to play the leadership role for Indian team.

"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.

"He is a top-level player with terrific shot selection, and he has the mentality to be a good leader of the players," he said.

Recently, Kohli stepped down as the captain from the T20 format of the India team also from Royal Challengers Bangalore team in IPL.