Wasim Jaffer, a former batsman for India, raised some concern on the lack of fluency in current India captain Virat Kohli’s batting at the Asia Cup.
Wasim Jaffer, a former batsman for India, raised some concern on the lack of fluency in current India captain Virat Kohli’s batting at the Asia Cup. Against Pakistan, the former captain of India scored 35 runs off of 34 balls, and then against Hong Kong, he smashed 59 runs off of 44 balls while remaining unbeaten.
Jaffer also cast doubt on Kohli’s intentions during the middle overs, stating that if it weren’t for Suryakumar Yadav’s quickfire innings, India would have been bowled out for a score that was well below their target. Jaffer also stated that India requires a player in the middle order who is capable of scoring runs without much difficulty.
“I am still concerned about his command of the language. Even if he has scored runs, the ease with which we have seen him bat in the past is not present in him at this point. If anyone in India’s batting lineup can score at a strike rate of 140 or 150 while Virat Kohli is at the crease, then the team is in serious trouble.
Therefore, there must be another batter who requires a far higher strike rate than Virat Kohli in order to succeed. If it weren’t for the wicket that was taken by Suryakumar Yadav, India would have finished with 150 or 160, which would have been a risky total “During a conversation on ESPNcricinfo, Jaffer made the statement.
With a score of 68 not out off only 26 balls, Suryakumar was a key contributor to India’s advancement to the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup.
When India batted first, Suryakumar and Kohli combined for an undefeated stand of 98 runs, during which time Kohli did not get out and India reached 192 for two.
India registered their second consecutive victory to join Afghanistan in the next round of the six-nation event, which serves as a tune-up for the Twenty20 World Cup, which will take place in October and November of this year. In response, Hong Kong was only able to score 152 for five in their innings.
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