Shane Watson believes that Virat Kohli is a quality player who will eventually return to form

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Shane Watson says you could just see that his energy was a bit sapped

Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson said Virat Kohli will be mentally and physically restored following a drawn-out break from cricket ahead of the Asia Cup, beginning on August 27 in UAE.

Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson said Virat Kohli will be mentally and physically restored following a drawn-out break from cricket ahead of the Asia Cup, beginning on August 27. 

Kohli is persevering through the most terrible period of his career and has not scored a century in international cricket since November 2019. The star hitter will get back to cricket after passing up a major opportunity in the series against the West Indies and Zimbabwe.

Asia Cup will begin on August 27 in UAE while the opening game of the tournament will be played between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. The high-octane clash of the mega event will be played between India and Pakistan in August in Dubai. The fans are eagerly waiting for the clash while all eyes will be on Virat Kohli and Babar Azam forms. 

“Having time off for him certainly, would (help him) just be able to regenerate mentally, physically, just be able to get away from the game of cricket,”

Watson said on the ICC Review Show.

“You could just see that his energy was a bit sapped, even during the IPL. You could tell, no matter how much he tried – he was always up and about, but you could see the light was just out a tiny bit,”

he added.

“This month that he’s had off cricket will make sure that that light’s shining very bright going into this Asia Cup, knowing there’s a T20 World Cup in Australia coming up very soon as well.

“So when you’re able to have a break, and because the Indian cricketers in particular play so much cricket, for Virat to be able to have some time off, especially a month, that’s just going to regenerate everything he needs to be able to take stock of what happened, freshen up mentally and physically,”

Watson said Kohli is a quality player who will eventually return to form.

“He’s too good not to be able to find his groove. It’ll only take him a couple of balls, get into the battle again, and away he goes.”

India will open its Asia Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday.

India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan. 

Standby: Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Deepak Chahar.

Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Hasnain.

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