“They should have won more trophies,” Michael Vaughan on Kohli, Rohit and Jadeja — KSportsWatch

NEW DELHI: Former England captain Michael Vaughan has taken a subtle dig at Indian cricket icons Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja, pointing out their limited success in winning white-ball trophies. This comes after the trio announced their retirement from T20 Internationals following India’s triumph in the 2024 T20 World Cup, their only ICC trophy in the past decade.

Vaughan’s critical perspective

Vaughan noted that despite their crucial roles in the Indian team, Kohli, Rohit and Jadeja have not won more white-ball trophies. “They will all agree that it is a perfect way to go out, but they should have won more white-ball trophies,” Vaughan noted on the Club Prairie Fire podcast. “When you consider that it took Rohit another 17 years to get his hands on one, he will be the first to admit that they should have won one or two more.”

Retirement Announcements and Reports

Kohli was the first to announce his retirement after being named Player of the Match in the World Cup final. Rohit followed suit with his decision during the post-match press conference, while Jadeja announced his retirement the following day. Kohli and Rohit ended their T20I careers as the top two run-scorers in the format, with 4,231 and 4,188 runs respectively.

Moving forward

Vaughan acknowledged that the timing of their retirement allows the trio to focus on other formats and the Indian Premier League. “What a way to leave with a win in Barbados and a trophy in your hand. Now they can sit back and play Test cricket, a bit of one-day cricket, and in the IPL like MS Dhoni, play on forever. In Indian cricket they will be replaced because there is enough talent in that team,” Vaughan added.

End of an era

The retirement of Kohli, Rohit and Jadeja from T20Is marks the end of an era for Indian cricket. Their individual and collective contributions have had a significant impact on the sport. As they shift their focus to Test and ODI formats, as well as the IPL, their legacy will continue to inspire the next generation of Indian cricketers.