Virat Kohli. Credit: Reuters Photo
Virat Kohli. Credit: Reuters Photo

Danish Kaneria believes if Virat Kohli wants to be considered for the 2022 T20I World Cup, he will need to come back with a bang. He will need to perform by hook or by crook in Asia Cup 2022.

Virat Kohli has been facing a massive slump in his batting form for almost three years now. His wretched run on the England tour has also raised questions about his place in the T20I set-up when the T20I World Cup is less than 2 months away.

The much-awaited Asia Cup 2022 gets underway on August 27 in the UAE and a day later, India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in Dubai. The high-voltage clash gets more exciting with the fact that Virat Kohli will be back in action after more than a month-long break.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Photo: ICC)

Danish Kaneria : Virat Kohli Needs To Perform By Hook Or Crook In Asia Cup 2022 To Be Considered For T20I World Cup

The former Indian captain has been going through a rough patch after scoring hundreds of runs for the country and the upcoming tournament could be his best chance to redemption.

Virat Kohli managed scores of 11 and 20 in the fifth and final Test in Edgbaston. In the T20Is, he could score only 12 runs in two innings and finished with 17 and 16 runs in the three-match ODI series. The run machine Virat Kohli was last seen during the tour of England, where he could only amass 76 runs in six innings.

Danish Kaneria (Image credit: Twitter)
Danish Kaneria (Image credit: Twitter)

As the former India skipper is set to return to action after a couple of weeks, it would be interesting to see how he performs in the continental tournament. Meanwhile, former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria opined that Virat Kohli needs to get good scores before the T20I World Cup in October.

“If Kohli wants to be considered for the T20 World Cup, he will need to come back with a bang. He will need to perform by hook or by crook. You can’t have such huge baggage with the team and then to bench him will also be incredibly tough.

“Pakistan will hope that Kohli’s form slump continues because if he gets back his mojo, he will be dangerous,” said Danish Kaneria on his YouTube channel.

Virat Kohli, ex-India skipper is all set to make a return to the Indian side for the impending Asia Cup tournament in the UAE later this month. Virat Kohli, who has been struggling with the bat, has been criticized for opting to rest for the recently-concluded West Indies tour and the upcoming Zimbabwe ODIs.

Danish Kaneria: Pakistan Highly Dependent On Shaheen Shah Afridi To Pick Wickets But Is Injury Prone

The former cricketer further spoke about the form of Pakistan’s ace pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi who is battling a knee injury. The left-arm quick rattled the Indian top-order in last year’s 2021 T20I World Cup. However, Danish Kaneria believes Rishabh Pant can take on Pakistan pacers if the wicketkeeper-batter opens the batting.

“Shaheen still has the form with him, but I kept on saying, ‘Don’t play your ace bowler in all matches because then there are chances of breaking down.’

“He is with the team to the Netherlands for the ODI series, but if he doesn’t play even the third game, then he might be ruled out of the Asia Cup. Good sign for India but a bad one for Pakistan,” Danish Kaneria further said.

Shaheen Shah Afridi (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shaheen Shah Afridi (Image Credit: Twitter)

“India have a number of options to try something different at the top with Rohit. Pant can open the batting and can be given a license to kill so that he takes on the Pakistan bowlers and dominates them.

“Pakistan are highly dependent on Shaheen to pick early wickets so this can be something India can think about,” Danish Kaneria added.

Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled a terrific spell of 3/31 in the 2021 T20I World Cup with three prized scalps of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli. Pakistan remained unbeaten in the Super-12 stage as they beat India, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia. However, they lost the semifinal against Australia- the eventual champions.