“Virat should not think about what lies ahead” – Younis Khan on Virat Kohli
By SMCS - Aug 26, 2022 2:00 pm
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Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan has given the advice to out-of-form Virat Kohli, to go back to basics and not think about what is coming ahead. While speaking from his own experience, he added that he too used this simple formula when he was going through a lean patch. However, Kohli’s form has become a matter of concern over the last few months. He has not played any international cricket since the tour of England. He was also rested for the white ball tours of the West Indies and Zimbabwe.

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Virat Kohli is missing the ODI

He told The Telegraph: “Several players have gone through extended phases of lean patches in their international careers. They have been short of runs and without enough good performances. You tend to feel as if maybe this could be your last game or last series. I too have gone through such phases. But I had adopted a simple formula. I went back to my basics. I feel Virat too should not think about what lies ahead. He should go back to his basics and play according to the situation, play for the team, and then, with the little bit of energy that is left, he can utilise it to play for himself. He needs to develop this mindset of trying to focus on the present and not looking back at the past, and then look to fight for his team.”

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During the tour of England, Kohli registered the highest score of 20 from six matches across the three formats of the game. On the other hand, Pakistan captain Babar Azam has been doing well with the bat. But Younis Khan backed Virat Kohli as he believes Kohli will do good in the Asia Cup.

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Virat Kohli failed to do much again

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“Babar’s performance is there for all to see. In all formats, he’s coming across as a standout performer. Not to say that Kohli hasn’t performed though. Parr jin performances ke liye woh mashhoor hain, woh unke taraf se nahi aa rahein hain recent past meh (But the performances that have made him a distinguished player haven’t been coming in the recent past). Form is a matter of just one or two matches. I feel in this Asia Cup, Virat will be again coming across as a standout batsman. The stage is set for him. With the performances he has put up against Pakistan in the past, I feel he will be able to replicate that in this Asia Cup,” Younis Khan concluded.