Asian Cup 2022 | Virat Kohli needs to find form to stay in World T20 lineup, says Irfan Pathan

Irfan Pathan says Virat Kohli must shoot at all costs in the Asian Cup to ensure he enters the World T20 in the best shape possible otherwise India will have to replace him with an in-form player. He did, however, back the talisman to perform, highlighting his exemplary record in Australia.

The Virat Kohli the saga seems to be slowly but gradually coming to a head as the milestones draw closer. The former Indian skipper will then be in action at the Asian Cup from August 27, after missing recent tours of the Caribbean and Zimbabwe. Kohli last donned Indian colors on the England tour, where dismal form saw him return with an average of under 15 in six innings across all formats. Now, it looks like he has to perform well in the upcoming tournament and end his drought just in time before the start of the World T20 in October.

Irfan Pathan said the talisman generally thrives Down Under, averaging 59.83 in T20Is in the island nation, thus being key to India’s plan for the ICC an event.

“As for the mind, what will Virat Kohli think, what mindset will he adopt and play the matches, I think yes, the Asian Cup is very, very important but when I’m looking forward to the Mondial Cup, where the pitches will be very, very good in Australia, which he likes, he thrives on the Australian pitches, he has done very well,” he said on the ‘Gameplan’ show. Star Sports.


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“So the Indian team needs Virat Kohli in full form. He comes back from the Asian Cup in full form, I think it’s a win-win situation for Virat Kohli and the Indian team.”

However, if Kohli fails in his next challenge, the question remains whether the Men in Blue continue to support him or look another way. At the moment the team has a plethora of reserves to choose from, with the likes of Deepak Hooda, Ichan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer all come out of the ranks with consistent performances on the international stage. As far as Pathan is concerned, the choice is simple enough to Rahul Dravid and co.

“The Indian team has so many options that they have to choose from the options. Because you need someone who comes into the World Cup in good shape. You can’t be in World Cup shape. You can’t find form in the World Cup,” the former all-rounder said.

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