Former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene reckoned that Virat Kohli has the ingredients to arrest his slump in international cricket. Of late, the Delhi-born Kohli has come under fire for not being able to perform on a consistent basis. Back in July, Kohli got plenty of starts on the tour of England, but failed to get a substantial score under his belt.
The veteran didn’t go on the tour of the West Indies and won’t be a part of India’s campaign in Zimbabwe either. Jayawardene spared a thought for Kohli, but also sounded confident of the Indian batter’s return to form.
“It is unfortunate what Virat is going through right now at the moment, but he is a quality player. I believe Virat has the tools to come out of it (the form slump). He has done that in the past as well and I’m sure he’ll come through this. Class is permanent and form is temporary,” Jayawardene was quoted as saying to Sanjana Ganesan on the latest episode of The ICC Review.
Kohli is next set to take part in the upcoming edition of the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). On Monday, August 28, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named the squad for the multi-nation event and Kohli found his spot in the team.
Barring any unforeseen circumstance, Kohli will next be seen on the field in India’s match against Pakistan on Sunday, August 28 at the Dubai International Stadium. India will also lock horns with a qualifying team that will be finalised in a few days.
It’s also pertinent to note that Kohli hasn’t scored a century for India since the Day-Night Test against Bangladesh way back in November 2019.
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