Team India: Rohit, Virat, & Jadeja Announces T20Is Retirement

Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Ravindra Jadeja retire from T20Is after an ICC T20 World Cup 2024 title win

Team India has claimed its second T20 World Cup title after an emphatic win against South Africa in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 final. They won the game by 7 runs from the situation where it seemed like SA could have won the game easily. With that, Team India has joined England and West Indies to become the 3td team to win two T20 WC titles. After the match, the legendary duo of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli announced their retirements from the T20Is. A spin bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja also joined the duo and a few hours later, he announced his T20I retirement too.

Today, we will discuss the retirements of all three Indian players and see what they have to say about their retirement.

Virat Kohli announced his retirement in the post-match presentation

Virat Kohli becomes the Man of the Match in the final for his outstanding 76 runs knocking off 59 balls. He saved his best for the last as he had a horrible tournament before the final. But when the situation demands, he steps up for his team. In a pressure situation, when Team India lost 3 wickets in the powerplay, he held one end and the other batters played around him.

South Africa fell 7 runs short of the Indian team’s target. In a MOTM ceremony, Virat Kohli announced that it was his last T20 World Cup match for Team India. Not just the WC, it was his last T20I match for Team India as well. He said it’s the time for the new generation to take over.

“This is.. my last T20 game playing for India. It was the last World Cup I was going to play, so I wanted to make the most of it and this was our aim. We wanted to win an ICC tournament. We wanted to lift the cup and as I said it was the occasion that helped me to put my head down and just respect the situation rather than trying to force things out there and play the game that my team wanted me to play.” – Virat said in a post-match presentation.

When Harsha Bhogle asked Virat Kohli that has he announced his T20I career, he said it was an announcement he could have made even if Team India lost the game.

“Yes, I have. This was an open secret (smiles). It was not something that I was not going to announce even if we had lost. This was going to be my last T20 World Cup playing for India.” – Virat added.

Time for the next generation to take Team India forward

Virat Kohli also said it’s time for the new generation to take over. He also praised the quality of players in the Indian cricket setup and the IPL.

It’s time for the next generation to take over. It’s a 2-year cycle and some amazing players are playing in India they are going to take the team forward in the T20 format and do wonders as we have seen them do in the IPL and I have no doubts that they will keep the flags waving high and take this team further from here now.

Virat also talked about the long wait of winning as ICC trophy and thanked god for this moment.

Team India will also miss the services of Rohit Sharma in T20Is

After a while, when India’s WC-winning captain, Rohit Sharma came out for a press conference, he also announced his retirement from the shortest format in internationals. He said his ultimate goal is to win a trophy and say goodbye. The Indian captain bids adieu to his T20I career on a high note.

Rohit Sharma finished his T20I career as the highest run-scorer in this format. He has played 159 T20Is and scored 4231 runs with an average of 31.34 and a strike rate of 140.89. The right-handed batter has played some crucial knocks against Australia and England in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024. He also played a major role in changing the mindset of players regarding the approach to play in T20s.

Ravindra Jadeja follows Rohit and Virat in retirement race

A legendary Indian all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja has also announced his retirement after a few hours of winning the T20 WC title. He took to Instagram to inform the fans about relinquishing T20Is for Team India. Axar Patel will now be the permanent member of T20Is as he is a like-for-like replacement for Ravindra Jadeja. In this WC, both the all-rounders are playing together. But when Team India had to decide to play only one of them, Jadeja was preferred.

“With a heart full of gratitude, I bid farewell to T20 internationals. Like a steadfast horse galloping with pride, I’ve always given my best for my country and will continue to do so in other formats. Winning the T20 World Cup was a dream come true, a pinnacle of my T20 International career. Thank you for the memories, the cheers, and the unwavering support,” 35-year-old Jadeja said in an Instagram post.

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(1) Will those three players continue to play in ODIs and Tests?

Yes. All three players are available for ODIs and Tests.

(2) What are the stats of Ravindra Jadeja in T20Is?

Ravindra Jadeja has played 74 T20Is and scored 515 runs at an average of 21.46. In the bowling, he took 54 wickets with an average of 29.85 and a strike rate of almost 23.93.

(3) How many runs Virat Kohli has scored in T20Is?

In 125 T20Is, he has scored 4188 runs with an average of 48.7 and a strike rate of 137.04.

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