The 2022 Asia Cup is a couple of days away and India, the defending champions, will square off against their arch-rivals Pakistan in a riveting contest on the 28th of August. The Men in Blue, in a bid to clinch their third successive title this year, have been leaving no stone unturned in their practice sessions ahead of their epic opening fixture, with former skipper, Virat Kohli showing intent in the nets.
The former Indian skipper’s dry patch with the bat continued in the limited-overs series against England last month and was rested for the following series against West Indies and Zimbabwe. Virat Kohli will be heading into the tournament after registering just a couple of half-centuries in 16 innings of the IPL 2022, following it up with a meager return in the six matches across all formats during India’s tour of England in July with 20 being his highest score.
Virat Kohli was among several batters who had a hectic session in the nets on Wednesday, but the batting stalwart played with positive intent in contrast to his below-par performances in recent times. He stepped out against the veteran spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal, showcasing a transformation in his mindset. He even broke out in a chuckle after failing to connect one of the deliveries properly.
Here is the video of Virat Kohli smashing the Indian bowlers in the nets:
— SS cricinfo (@SSscricinfo) August 25, 2022
Looking great in the nets 👌
Virat Kohli dealt in boundaries last night in the training session 🔥
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 25, 2022
Meanwhile, India’s neighbors, Pakistan, also had their practice session ahead of the high-profile opening game. Babar Aam, the Pakistani skipper, has been amidst a purple patch, churning out huge scores on a consistent basis for his team. He was seen meeting Virat Kohli, exchanging pleasantries on the sidelines during their respective net sessions on Wednesday.
The neighbors will lock horns with each for the first time since India’s harrowing ten-wicket loss in the T20 World Cup last year. Both teams suffered a telling blow heading into the tournament as India’s Jasprit Bumrah and Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi, two of the very best in the business, was ruled out of the tournament due to unfortunate injuries.