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Cricket Greats Kohli and Sharma Announce T20I Retirements

Cricket Greats Kohli and Sharma Announce T20I Retirements

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, two of India's greatest cricketers, announced their T20I retirements after India clinched their second T20 World Cup title. Kohli retired minutes after the historic win, while Sharma announced it during the post-match press conference. Sharma confirmed he would continue playing ODIs and Tests.

Sharma, whose 41-ball 92-run knock against Australia in the Super 8s was pivotal, expressed his desire for the title. "This was my last game as well. No better time to say goodbye. I wanted this (trophy) badly. It's very hard to put in words," Sharma said. "I was very desperate for this in my life. Happy that we crossed the line this time."

This victory marked the end of Sharma's illustrious T20I career, where he became the highest scorer in the format with 4231 runs in 159 matches and recorded five centuries. His T20I journey began with the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, where he played a key role in India's first title win. As captain, he now led India to their second title, cementing his legacy.

In the final match against South Africa, India defended a target of 176 runs. Despite the Proteas needing 30 runs from the last 30 deliveries, India's bowlers, led by Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, and Arshdeep Singh, held their nerve. Pandya excelled in the final over, defending 16 runs and securing a seven-run victory.

This win was particularly special for Sharma, who had seen both highs and lows in his career. Reflecting on his journey, Sharma said, "I've loved every moment of this. I started my India career playing this format. This is what I wanted, I wanted to win the cup."

Sharma's retirement follows that of long-time teammate Virat Kohli, marking the end of an era for Indian cricket.

Cricket Greats Kohli and Sharma Announce T20I Retirements

Cricket Greats Kohli and Sharma Announce T20I Retirements

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, two of India's greatest cricketers, announced their T20I retirements after India clinched their second T20 World Cup title. Kohli retired minutes after the historic win, while Sharma announced it during the post-match press conference. Sharma confirmed he would continue playing ODIs and Tests.

Sharma, whose 41-ball 92-run knock against Australia in the Super 8s was pivotal, expressed his desire for the title. "This was my last game as well. No better time to say goodbye. I wanted this (trophy) badly. It's very hard to put in words," Sharma said. "I was very desperate for this in my life. Happy that we crossed the line this time."

This victory marked the end of Sharma's illustrious T20I career, where he became the highest scorer in the format with 4231 runs in 159 matches and recorded five centuries. His T20I journey began with the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, where he played a key role in India's first title win. As captain, he now led India to their second title, cementing his legacy.

In the final match against South Africa, India defended a target of 176 runs. Despite the Proteas needing 30 runs from the last 30 deliveries, India's bowlers, led by Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, and Arshdeep Singh, held their nerve. Pandya excelled in the final over, defending 16 runs and securing a seven-run victory.

This win was particularly special for Sharma, who had seen both highs and lows in his career. Reflecting on his journey, Sharma said, "I've loved every moment of this. I started my India career playing this format. This is what I wanted, I wanted to win the cup."

Sharma's retirement follows that of long-time teammate Virat Kohli, marking the end of an era for Indian cricket.

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