Wasim Jaffer is anticipating a return to “fluency” from Virat Kohli during India’s match against Hong Kong in the Asia Cup 2022, which will take place on August 31. According to what he stated, even a knock of 60 or 70 runs would be plenty for the squad and the fans, as long as Kohli looks as fluent as he did in 2016–2017.
After a lengthy absence, Kohli returned to the Twenty20 International competition on August 28 against Pakistan and shared the lead in scoring. Even though his 35 (or 34) was essential to the way the game was going, he didn’t seem to be in full control of the situation, and he got out as he was attempting to improve his strike rate.
It is anticipated that he will have the best opportunity to rediscover his form in the match that will take place against Hong Kong, a cricketing nation that is on the rise and currently ranked 20th in the ICC T20I rankings for teams.
What did Wasim Jaffer say about Virat Kohli?
During an interview with ESPNcricinfo that took place on the 30th of August, Jaffer voiced the same expectation and said:
“I certainly do. We would all want it to be a long inning. In Twenty20 cricket, you can’t expect him to get a century, but we at least want to witness a swashbuckling performance from Virat Kohli of between 60 and 70 runs, particularly if he can play fluently. For his part, I hope that he will regain his fluency soon. We haven’t seen the same level of fluidity from him so far this season compared to how he played in 2016–17. I really hope that comes back because if he can knock in 60 or 70 runs, it would do wonders for his confidence.”
Only twice previously, in the years 2008 and 2018, had India competed against Hong Kong in the Asia Cup, and India emerged victorious both times. The previous two matches, on the other hand, were played according to the 50-over format, and today will be the first time that they battle according to the shortest format.