I don’t think so: Kapil Dev says Asia Cup is not Virat Kohli’s last audition before T20 World Cup

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Virat Kohli has been enduring a wretched run with the bat. During his last tour with India, Kohli managed to score only 76 runs in one Test match, two T20Is and two ODIs against England in July 2022.

Virat Kohli will return to competitive cricket at the Asia Cup

Virat Kohli will return to competitive cricket at the Asia Cup. (Credits: Reuters)

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  • Kapil Dev has suggested that Virat Kohli should keep on playing match
  • Kapil Dev said that sometimes a cricketer shouldn’t take too many breaks
  • Kapil Dev said once a cricketer starts scoring, the thought process changes

The 1983 World Cup-winning India captain Kapil Dev believes the Asia Cup is not the last audition for Virat Kohli before the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.

Kapil Dev, who earlier questioned Kohli’s place in India’s playing XI in the shortest format, also gave a piece of advice to Kohli, saying he should play as many matches as possible as it will help him return to form for the ICC event.

“I don’t think so. We shouldn’t even think about it,” Kapil Dev said in response to a query about whether the Asia Cup is Kohli’s last audition on Uncut. “If we use terms like last audition, or last chance, I don’t think that is right.

“I just want to say to him that he should keep on playing matches. Sometimes, you shouldn’t be taking too many breaks. He is a professional and he should not have that problem. I personally feel he should play as many matches and as many matches he can play. That’s more important. When you start scoring runs, then the thought process changes.”

Virat Kohli has been enduring a wretched run with the bat, managing to score only 76 runs across one Test match, two T20Is and two ODIs against England in July 2022. He batted with intent, but failed to convert his starts into big ones. The former captain subsequently took a break from cricket and missed the tours of West Indies and Zimbabwe.

Kohli will return to competitive cricket after taking a hiatus from the game at the Asia Cup in the UAE. In the continental tournament, he is set to play his 100th T20I match as well. India will begin their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday, August 28.

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