Asia Cup 2022: ‘Virat Kohli did it wrong by missing out on international matches’ – Danish Kaneria

Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria feels that Virat Kohli Wrong decision by losing international matches. Kohli has been going through a lean patch with the bat as he failed to score big runs across formats this year and his last international century came back in 2019. He also had IPL 2022, where he scored just 341 runs in 16 innings. Royal Challengers Bangalore averages 22.73.

After IPL 2022, Kohli missed the five-match T20I series against South Africa, the West Indies tour and the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, which put him under question as many feel that the batting maestro Need to play more matches to get back my form.

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Kaneria lashed out at Kohli on losing the captaincy and his issues with the BCCI in recent times and suggested that the batting maestro needs to focus on cricket.

“The only thing is Virat Kohli is struggling and the time period has gone too far. It’s like three years and the whole dilemma. After 2021 T20 World Cup, he lost his captaincy (in ODIs) and then the board issues and statements came in the media. A lot happened. I think he needs to focus more on cricket, on his batting and if he wants to play for a few more years he needs to perform. Kaneria told India Today.

The former spinner said that Kohli should have skipped IPL matches to manage his workload and played more international matches, including the recently concluded five-match T20I series against West Indies.

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He said, ‘I think he has done wrong by missing international matches. He should have skipped some IPL games but not international cricket as international cricket could have brought him back to form. The five T20 matches against West Indies were important for him and he should have come out and played in that series.

Kohli will return to the Indian colors in the upcoming Asia Cup where the Men in Blue will open their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on August 28.

Kaneria, however, feels that there will be pressure on Kohli to perform in the multi-nation format as he enters the tournament without much match practice.

“Lack of match practice can affect his performance (in the Asia Cup). He hasn’t played after the England series. Maybe he could have played domestic cricket in England to regain his form. He will now come afresh in the Asia Cup. From there we have to see whether he can perform or not. It will be a big pressure game for him. I am hoping he comes and comes up with big runs on the big day.”

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