Star Indian batter Virat Kohli was seen exchanging pleasantries with Pakistan captain Babar Azam ahead of their Asia Cup 2022 clash. India and Pakistan will lock horns with each other on Sunday, August 28, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The Men in Blue kicked off their preparations for the continental tournament on Wednesday, August 24. Ahead of their training, Virat Kohli met Babar Azam on the sidelines of the ground and were seen having a chat and sharing a laugh.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a heartwarming video where Kohli and Babar once again proved the mutual respect they hold for each other.
Watch the clip here:
Hello DUBAI 🇦🇪
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 24, 2022
The two batters are coming into the tournament in contrasting forms. While Babar Azam has been scoring runs at will across all three formats, Virat Kohli has struggled to put together a significant innings.
“Mouths Will Be Shut” – Ravi Shastri Backs Virat Kohli To Return To Form
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has backed veteran batter Virat Kohli to return to form at the 2022 Asia Cup. Kohli’s form has drawn a lot of criticism from experts and fans.
Some have questioned his place in the Indian T20I team, with the T20 World Cup 2022 around the corner. Kohli averages 20.25 in four T20Is this year for India. He was rested from the following to West Indies and Zimbabwe recently.
Speaking to Star Sports, Ravi Shastri backed to former Indian skipper to reply to the critics in style. He stated:
“I haven’t spoken to Virat Kohli recently but the ‘big guys’ always wake up at the right time. The downtime for Kohli was good before the Asia Cup gave him a good chance to reflect. If he manages to get a fifty in the match against Pakistan, mouths will be shut.”
“One innings can make a difference. He needs one innings to get back because the hunger is undiminished. What’s happened in the past is history. Remember public memory is very short,” he added.