Yasir Shah Reckons Pakistan Can’t Afford To Take Virat Kohli Lightly
By CricShots - Aug 22, 2022 12:31 pm
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Pakistan’s leg-spinner, Yasir Shah has stated that Pakistan should not make a mistake of taking former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli lightly for their Asia Cup 2022 fixture against the men in blue despite the fact that he is struggling to score big runs in recent times. He further added that Kohli is a world-class player and he can come back to form at any point in time ahead of a crucial clash.

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Virat Kohli scored fifty against Pakistan

Virat Kohli will be making a comeback to international cricket after staying away from the game for more than a month. He will feature in India’s first Asia Cup 2022 fixture against arch-rivals Pakistan on August 28. India will be desperate to take revenge for their defeat in the T20 World Cup game last year and Kohli had played a crucial knock in that game as well. 

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However, the former Indian skipper had a forgetful IPL 2022 season as he only managed to score 341 runs at 22.43 and a strike rate of 115.99. His lean patch continued in the England series as well and he was unable to convert starts into big scores. Ahead of the India-Pakistan game, Yasir Shah has reckoned that Pakistan shouldn’t take Virat Kohli lightly.

Yasir Shah

During a chat with, Yasir Shah said, “Don’t take Virat Kohli easy. Yes, he is not in form because he is struggling to score runs, but he is a world-class player and he can come back to form at any time.”

Virat Kohli has a good record against Pakistan scoring 311 runs at 77.75 in seven T20Is. Also, in the World Cup match played last year Kohli scored 57 runs against Pakistan playing a significant role in a total of 150 runs.

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India’s squad for Asia Cup: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan

Pakistan’s squad for Asia Cup: Babar Azam (Captain), Shadab Khan (Vice-Captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicket-keeper), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali.