Rashid Khan praises Virat Kohli ahead of Asia Cup 2022
By SMCS - Aug 25, 2022 2:38 pm
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Asia Cup 2022 are all set to begin on August 27. Ahead of that, Virat Kohli and Rashid Khan met on the sidelines of the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday (August 24). They had a long chat and their mutual respect for each other was clearly visible from the video that went viral on the internet. Rashid Khan has always praised Kohli’s batting exploits. Despite Kohli’s lean patch with the bat in recent times, Khan believes that Kohli is not out of form.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli practised in UAE

While talking about Kohli’s batting form in an interview with Sawera Pasha on YouTube, Rashid Khan stated: “The kind of shots that he plays, you don’t think he’s out of form at all. As per me, he is not out of form. The issue is that there are a lot of expectations from him as people expect him to score a century in every alternate match.”Even when we look at his Test knocks, he did all the hard work and survived during tough periods and has then gotten out in 50s or 60s. If it was any other batter, everyone would have said that he was in good form. Kohli has set the bar so high that people now want him to just score hundreds.”

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Virat Kohli will hope to have a good tournament in the Asia Cup ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup, which is slated to take place in Australia later this year. The former Indian captain has featured in only four T20I matches this year, scoring 81 runs, including a fifty as well. Rashid Khan, who has played a lot of matches against Kohli, opened up about the latter’s work ethic.

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Virat Kohli gifts a bat to Rashid Khan

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“I spoke to him during the IPL and I don’t think he wasn’t too bothered by what people were saying. He works very hard, and we are motivated to do the same by looking at him. I saw him bat in the nets the night before our match against RCB, and I kept track of the time he spent in the nets. To be honest, he batted for around two and a half hours. I was astonished to see that, as we had winded up our whole practice session and he was still there,” Rashid Khan concluded.