Former India player Mohammad Kaif said Virat Kohli is preparing for India’s World Cup 2023 clash against Bangladesh keeping in mind his past battle against Shakib Al Hasan. However, India will play against Bangladesh in Pune on Thursday, October 19. Kohli was seen practising hard at the nets against both pacers and spinners two days ahead of the game as well.
During a discussion on Star Sports, Kaif said: “Shakib sahab ka terror hai inke upar. I remember when he went to Bangladesh, he was trapped. The spinners, especially Shakib, troubled him. When the ball comes in with the angle and turns from right in front of you, it causes difficulties. Shakib is a good bowler but Taskin will also bowl bouncers. The two times he has been dismissed in Chennai and the last match, they were hard-ball bouncers. However, you always prepare for spin because whenever you play against Bangladesh, you will get Shakib and Miraz. They have a lot of spin.”
However, Virat Kohli was caught at midwicket while playing a pull shot against Australia and he was also dropped by Mitchell Marsh earlier in the match as well. He also mistimed a pull shot off Hasan Ali against Pakistan and was caught at mid-on as well. And, Mohammad Kaif feels Virat Kohli has prepared well for the Bangladesh clash.
“All these are good preparations. He is using his feet. You need to keep the feet movement absolutely precise against spin, that you go forward or go deep into the crease. We are seeing all that in Virat Kohli’s preparations. So overall the preparations are complete and this pitch is also good for batting. You will get a flat pitch in Pune. I feel the slight form Virat Kohli has got, he will gain from that in this match,” Mohammad Kaif concluded.