India vs Pakistan: Virat Kohli will be mentally and physically fresh ahead of 2022 Asia Cup, says Shane Watson
India vs Pakistan: Before the Asia Cup, which begins later this week, former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson believes Virat Kohli will be mentally and physically fresh after a month off from cricket.
Since November 2019, Kohli has not recorded a century in international cricket, which is now his worst stretch of his career.
After missing the series against the West Indies and Zimbabwe, the great batter will play again.
“Having time off for him certainly, would (help him) just be able to regenerate mentally, physically, just be able to get away from the game of cricket,” Watson said on the ICC Review Show.
“You could just see that his energy was a bit sapped, even during the IPL. You could tell, no matter how much he tried – he was always up and about. But you could see the light was just out a tiny bit,” he added.
In six innings across formats during his most recent assignment, which comprised the postponed fifth Test, two ODIs. And a same number of T20s in July, Kohli managed just 76 runs.
“This month that he’s had off cricket will make sure that that light’s shining very bright going into this Asia Cup, knowing there’s a T20 World Cup in Australia coming up very soon as well.
“So when you’re able to have a break, and because the Indian cricketers in particular play so much cricket. For Virat to be able to have some time off, especially a month. That’s just going to regenerate everything he needs to be able to take stock of what happened, freshen up mentally and physically.”
Watson predicted that Kohli will ultimately regain his form and is a top player.
“He’s too good not to be able to find his groove. It’ll only take him a couple of balls, get into the battle again, and away he goes.”
On Sunday, India’s Asia Cup campaign will get underway against their arch-rivals Pakistan.