Shahid Afridi and Virat Kohli © AFP
Shahid Afridi and Virat Kohli © AFP

Media had a tough time when Virat Kohli had a fiery interaction with them after India’s loss in the second Test at Centurion against South Africa. They had lost the series by 2-0, until India registered a consolation win at Johannesburg, maintaining their unbeaten record in the venue. Kohli had scored 50 per cent of the team total 153 in the first innings. Amidst all this, Kohli and the team management faced the flack of leaving out Ajinkya Rahane over Rohit Sharma.

However, Shahid Afridi lauded Kohli’s controlled aggression. At the sidelines of Ice Cricket, Afridi backed Kohli’s decisions taken during the South Africa tour, “Controlled aggression is always good. One should be aggressive. Virat has it in him. Virat has his own style to lead his team and controlled aggression is acceptable. If you take everyone ahead together, if the captain supports the young players or those in troubled times, he also earns respect. The way Kohli is taking Indian team ahead, he is doing a fantastic job,” Hindustan Times quotes Afridi.

As for his future in cricket, Afridi confirmed he would continue playing T20 cricket across the globe, “For me, I want to concentrate only on the leagues (T20 tournaments), wherever they are. Be it England, Australia or Bangladesh. But I also have a bigger cause, working with my foundation (Shahid Afridi Foundation). This is what I am working on.”