Archive photo of Sourav Ganguly with Virat Kohli© AFP
Virat Kohli has been struggling with his batting form for quite some time now. While a century has eluded the player since November 2019, the current year has even seen the former Indian skipper struggle for half a century. However, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is hopeful that the righthanded batter will make a comeback in the upcoming Asian Cup that opens on August 27. India kicks off their campaign in the continental tournament the following day with a match against Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium.
“Let him train, let him play matches. He is a big player and has scored a lot. I am hopeful that he will make a comeback. He just can’t score a century and I think he will find his form in the Asian Cup ,” Ganguly said in an interview with India Today.
Virat Kohli’s most recent international knockout came against England in July this year, before the player missed the white-ball series against the West Indies, which included three ODIs and five T20Is. The player will also not be available in India’s upcoming three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, which starts in Harare on August 18. However, Kohli has been named in India’s Asia Cup squad.
Days earlier, former Pakistani spinner Danish Kaneria had opined Kohli will have to perform in the upcoming Asia Cup if he wants to be part of India’s T20 World Cup squad. While Kohli has been one of the most consistent players over the past decade, his recent slump in form has cast doubt on his place in the Indian squad. Kaneria said Kohli has the full support of skipper Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid and that the star batter will have to repay the trust shown to him by management.
Speaking of Team India, it is currently in Zimbabwe gearing up for the white-ball series. Previously, the squad defeated the West Indies in the three-game ODI series before being defeated 4-1 in the five-game T20I series.
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