You tend to feel as if maybe this could be your last game or last series – Younis Khan on Kohli’s lean patch

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Younis Khan says I feel in this Asia Cup, Virat will be again coming across as a standout batsman

Former Pakistan skipper Younis Khan said India star batter Virat Kohli can regain his lost form during the upcoming Asia Cup while he added that Kohli should go back to his basics and play for the team, instead of thinking about the future.

Former Pakistan skipper Younis Khan said India star batter Virat Kohli can regain his lost form during the upcoming Asia Cup. Virat Kohli was struggling with the bat for a long time ago, and he has not scored a century in nearly three years. 

He was rested for the recent series against West Indies and Zimbabwe. Asia Cup will begin on August 27 with the opening game played between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. 

The group stage high-octane clash between Pakistan and India will be played on August 28 in Dubai. Younis said that Kohli should go back to his basics and play for the team, instead of thinking about the future.

“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,” 

Younis told Telegraph India. 

“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 utilize 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,”

the former Pakistan captain added. 

“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).

“That said, 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,”

he added.

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, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali.

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