Australia opener and two-time World Cup winner David Warner hailed Virat Kohli’s fitness and love for the game and said that the Indian maestro could even go on to play for India till the 2031 ODI World Cup which is again scheduled to be in India and Bangladesh.
It all panned out when a fan asked David Warner whether he would play the 2027 ODI World Cup and he would like him to see playing in that World Cup to which Warner sarcastically replied “2031” with an emoji. Another Virat Kohli fan then stepped in and said that he also wished that Virat Kohli could play the 2031 ODI World Cup to which Warner replied that there is no reason he can’t as he is extremely fit and loves the game.
However, it seems quite unlikely and as Virat will turn 43 by that time and given the amount of Cricket modern cricketers play it’s not something that looks within the grasp of reality but nobody would be happier than Indian cricket fans if Virat manages to do that with the same intensity and form he possesses currently.
2023 has been Virat’s one of the most successful years
Virat Kohli who had a stellar run in the international arena since he cemented his place in the team since 2011, saw a prolonged rough patch in his career for the first time between 2020-2022, where runs were looking hard to come by from his bat. Virat who was known to hit centuries for fun was not able to score a single century during this patch.
Some of the critics even went on to say that he doesn’t even deserve a place in the T20 team and his era is over but Virat had some other plans. Virat needed just one big knock to regain his mojo back which came against Afghanistan in a dead rubber Asia Cup game in 2022 but it once again opened the floodgates of centuries for Kohli and since then he hasn’t looked back and scored 10 centuries in just over a year.
No contemporary Indian player has sustained their career for such an extended period. To date, the longest any Indian player has played is until the age of 40, achieved by Sachin Tendulkar. MS Dhoni continued playing until the age of 39. CK Nayudu holds the distinction of being the second oldest Indian to participate in a Test match at 40 years and 289 days. Vinoo Mankad, the oldest, played on for an additional year, reaching 41 years and 305 days. It's important to note that this took place decades ago, a time when ODIs had not even been introduced.