Asia Cup 2022: After a break of one month, where he was rested for the West Indies and Zimbabwe series, former India skipper Virat Kohli is all set to return to action in the Asia Cup 2022 tournament where the team will take on the arch-rivals Pakistan in their campaign opener in Dubai on Sunday. Meanwhile, Kohli’s form has been a concern for everyone as he has been going through a lean for a long time.
However, before the start of Team India’s campaign in the UAE for the Asia Cup, India captain Rohit Sharma gave his verdict on Virat Kohli’s form based on what he saw of his batting practice at the nets as well. While speaking to the media ahead of the match against arch-rivals Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium, Rohit Sharma admitted that he found Kohli is in great touch with whatever he saw of his batting at the nets and he further added that he looks fresh after a deserving break and is ready to go as well.
Asia Cup 2022: Virat Kohli is all set to return in action
“Maine jitna dekha, I felt he was in very good touch. He working hard a lot on his batting. He isn’t looking like he is thinking about a lot of things. He is just the same, didn’t notice anything extraordinary changes. He is returning after a month’s break so he looking fresh and is also looking in good touch,” he said.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has shared in an interview with Star Sports about his mental struggles during the phase of his lean patch and how the break has given him a fresh perspective. While speaking on the same, Rohit also said that discussions around mental health have been constantly going on in the Indian dressing room since COVID-19 left players restricted in a bio bubble for a long time.
“We do talk about these things a lot of late. Since Covid has struck, it has been difficult for a lot of players, not just Virat Kohli, who have gone through such a tough time mentally – staying in the bubble, not being able to go outside – guys have found it difficult and there is nothing wrong in it. Every player has a way to respond to that and we constantly talk about these things about how the players are mentally and how they are thinking about the game,” he shared.
It will be interesting to see how both teams will perform in the much-awaited game of Asia Cup 2022.