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Rohit Sharma joins Virat Kohli in retiring from international T20s – Winnipeg Free Press

Rohit Sharma joins Virat Kohli in retiring from international T20s – Winnipeg Free Press

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — Less than an hour after leading India to a thrilling victory by seven points over South Africa in the final of the Twenty20 World Cup, Rohit Sharma announced his retirement from international T20 football along with his star player Virat Kohli competitions.

“This was also my last match,” Sharma said at the press conference after Saturday’s final, which ended a 13-year drought for India at major tournaments. “There is no better time to say goodbye to this format.”

Sharma, 37, is the format’s highest scorer with 4231 runs in 159 matches for India, with five centuries. Saturday’s breakthrough victory was his second T20 World Cup success after winning the inaugural tournament in 2007.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma reacts during the final cricket match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup between India and South Africa at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, Saturday, June 29, 2024. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Since then, he has played in every T20 World Cup tournament except Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.

“I enjoyed every moment. I started my Indian career with this format,” Sharma said. “This is what I wanted, I wanted to win the cup and say thank you.”

While Kohli struggled with form for most of the tournament, Sharma finished as the second-best run-scorer with 257 runs and a strike rate of over 156, including decisive half-centuries against Australia in the Super Eight and England in the semi-finals.

Sharma said he remains available to play Tests and One-Day Internationals for India.