Team India will start the Asia Cup 2022 with the big clash against longstanding rivals Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday. Just before the clash, Indian cricket fans got a massive jolt on Thursday when news came in on social media that Virat Kohli might not take part in the tournament because of a wrist injury.
Social media went bonkers because the news came from respected Sri Lankan broadcaster Roshan Abeysinghe, who is in the United Arab Emirates to cover the Asia Cup 2022, which starts on Saturday. Abeysinghe wrote in a presently deleted tweet, “Virat Kohli has been ruled out of the Asia Cup squad due to wrist Injury. Shubman Gill replaces him in the Team India squad.”
Thankfully, the Indian fans can now easily breathe as the news proved to be false. Abeysinghe quickly deleted the tweet and apologized to the fans, saying, “Sorry Virat’s News is fake. The tweet has been deleted”.
Virat Kohli engaged in the Men in Blue’s first training session in Dubai which took place at the Cricket Academy established by the governing body. The former skipper looked in full flow at the nets, smashing spinners Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Ravichandran Ashwin with ease.
He said that the way he got out in England was almost sequential and that a break has worked wonders for him. It has allowed him to iron out his flaws. He has had a poor run of form and failed to get good scores in the England tour that he last played.
If Kohli plays at the Asia Cup 2022 opener versus Pakistan on August 28th in Dubai, labeled as an ‘iconic rivalry’ in the cricketing world, it will also mark his 100th T20I appearance.
“What happened in England was a pattern, so something that I could work on and something that I had to kind of overcome. Right now, as you rightly mentioned, there is nothing that you can point out saying that the problem is happening here. So, that for me, is actually an easier thing to process because I know that I’m batting well and at times, when I start feeling that rhythm back, then I know that I`m batting well. He said.
“So, that for me is not an issue, which wasn’t the case in England; I didn’t feel like I was batting well at all. So, I had to work hard on one thing that could be exposed again and again which I overcame; right now this is not the case,” he added.