BREAKING | Virat Kohli talks about his retirement plans

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Once I retire I am not going to pick up the bat again, reveals Virat Kohli

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Virat Kohli has stated that once he calls time on his cricketing career, he will retire for good and will never pick a cricket bat again. One of the modern cricketing icons, Kohli has already represented India in two ICC Cricket World Cups and was part of the 2011 World Cup winning squad of India.

Virat Kohli is still relatively young and is fitter than ever but recently during a press conference, he dwelt on his retirement plans and stated that whenever happens in future, he would happily do it without any regrets. When prodded about whether he would like to participate in Australia’s Big Bash League if the BCCI allows the Indian cricketers to do so or after his retirement, Kohli stated that he would be a spent force by the time he retires from cricket.

"Look I don't know whether that stance is going to change in the future. As far as I am concerned, playing more cricket when I am done, I don't think I am in that zone, to be honest. I have played enough cricket in the last five years and I cannot comment on even the first thing I do when I retire because I don't feel like I am going to pick up the bat again.

"I will be spent, the day I finish I will be totally spent and that's the reason I am going to stop playing cricket. So I don't see myself coming back and playing again. Once I am done, I will be done, and I won't be seen around the scene," Kohli told PTI. 

With the ICC Cricket World Cup scheduled to start in England later this year in May, Kohli stated that India already has a set batting line-up and is strengthened by a stable middle order off late.

"In the last 12 months, our ODI batting has been very strong and openers are a very big factor in that. There was a phase in the middle when we addressed the issue of middle overs and from 25-40 overs we tried to change our batting style," he said. 

"Where our batting is at the moment, the team management and I are very comfortable because we have results in ODI cricket and performances have been very good as well."

In recent times the competition in the Indian team has intensified, fast bowling, which used to be Achilles heel for the Indian team, now look as strong as the batting line up if not more. Hinting to the fact the skipper said that Indian bowling unit is a balanced one.

"The bowling has been balanced too. In one-day cricket, any team can beat you on any given day. But as a team, you have to give your best and take your strongest eleven. And we feel as a one-day team we are on the right track, and are on our full strength," he said.

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