In India’s Asia Cup 2022 encounter against Hong Kong on Wednesday, August 31, Wasim Jaffer likes to see Virat Kohli’s “fluency” return. If Kohli plays as fluidly as he did in 2016–17, he claimed, even a 60–70 run knock would be plenty for the team and the fans.
On Sunday, August 28, Kohli made his long-awaited T20I return by tying for the game’s most runs against Pakistan. He did not appear to be fully in control and got out while attempting to boost his strike rate, even though his 35 (34) was vital in the match circumstances.
Wasim Jaffer echoed the same optimism to ESPNcricinfo on Tuesday (August 30), saying:
“I certainly hope so. We are all hoping for a big inning. We may not expect a century from Virat Kohli in T20 cricket, but we can aspire for a swashbuckling 60-70-run performance, especially with fluency.”
“I would like to see him regain his fluency. We have not seen him play as well as he did in 2016-17 so far. I am hoping that comes back, and if that 60-70 run knock comes, his confidence will skyrocket.”
The Indian team does not take their opponents lightly: Wasim Jaffer
India should take their opponents seriously and keep in mind that experience as well as the unpredictable nature of the shortest format, according to Wasim Jaffer.
“Compared to Pakistan, it is straightforward, but I do not believe the Indian squad should be even somewhat complacent since the tides may quickly shift in 20-over cricket. Games are played in a short format and switch every over.”
“India should not and will not take this game lightly, in my opinion. They just had a victory, so they will want to keep winning. I think the Indian squad will maintain a high level of defense.”
On Wednesday, India will face Hong Kong in the Asia Cup 2022. (August 31). With a win in the game, India would top the group and advance directly to the Super Four stage.