Asia Cup 2022: Wasim Jaffer not happy with Virat’s fluency during his half-century knock against Hong Kong

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Asia Cup 2022: Wasim Jaffer not happy with Virat's fluency during his half-century knock against Hong Kong
Asia Cup 2022: Wasim Jaffer not happy with Virat's fluency during his half-century knock against Hong Kong

Asia Cup 2022: Wasim Jaffer not happy with Virat’s fluency during his half-century knock against Hong Kong

Asia Cup 2022: Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer voiced concern over Virat Kohli‘s lack of fluency in his innings against Hong Kong in the group-A match of the 2022 Asia Cup.

He said on ESPNcricinfo’s post-match programme (T-20 Timeout) that he is still concerned about Kohli’s previous display of fluency when batting.

The ex-player said, “I am still worried about his fluency. That fluency is still not there which we have seen before. I don’t think we are witnessing fluency yet, even though he scored runs today.”

Jaffer also questioned the lack of intent by Kohli during the middle overs which created pressure.

The former Mumbai player said, “If anyone is scoring at a strike rate of 140 or 150 then India is in trouble. So there must be someone who needs to bat at a much greater strike rate.”

Asia Cup 2022: Wasim Jaffer not happy with Virat's fluency during his half-century knock against Hong Kong
Asia Cup 2022: Wasim Jaffer not happy with Virat’s fluency during his half-century knock against Hong Kong

Suryakumar Yadav’s stunning knock, which he lauded, was cited as the deciding factor between the two teams.

Jaffer said, “If not for the knock of Suryakumar Yadav, India would have been in trouble.”

India defeated Hong Kong on Wednesday to go to the Asia Cup 2022 Super Four.

Hong Kong asked Team India to bat first, and they scored 192/2 in their 20 overs. With one four and three enormous sixes, Virat Kohli blasted 59* off 44 balls, showing flashes of his previous form. Suryakumar Yadav then erupted in the final few overs, slamming a magnificent 68* off 26 balls with six fours and six sixes.

Pacer Ayush Shukla (1/29 in four overs) was Hong Kong’s bowlers’ pick.

Hong Kong had scored 51/2 in their powerplay while chasing 193. Kinchit Shah (30 off 28 balls) and Babar Hayat (41 off 35 balls) both scored consistently high totals. However, it was insufficient to enable Hong Kong to surprise the powerful Indians as they came 40 runs short of a victory. At the end of their 20 overs, they had scored 152/5. India received straight qualification to the competition’s Super Four Phase.

Ravindra Jadeja (1/15 in four overs) was India’s bowlers’ pick. A wicket also taken by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, and Avesh Khan.

Suryakumar Yadav’s outstanding performance earned him the title of “Man of the Match.”