Virat Kohli, the former Indian captain, has struggled to recapture his form in both international and domestic cricket since the 2019 ODI World Cup. His recent performance has sparked speculation about his place in the national squad and whether he needs to take a vacation from cricket.
Kohli hasn’t struck a century in any format since November 2019, and his performance in the ongoing IPL has been equally poor. His golden duck in a recent IPL match, though, reminded viewers of an old Twitter discussion with Mohammad Asif.
Former Pakistan medium pacer Mohammad Asif claimed that Kohli has been scoring so many runs because to his fitness, but that once his fitness begins to deteriorate, it will be impossible for him to recover.
“Kohli is a bottom-hand player,” says the narrator. He is performing well as a result of his fitness, which is assisting him. I don’t think Kohli can make a comeback at the moment he’s on the slide.”
Asif’s words about Kohli and how he knew cricket better than others have gone viral, and many people are reposting the old interview.
Ravi Shastri, the former India head coach, has recommended Virat Kohli to take a sabbatical from cricket to reflect and get back in shape after a long period of inconsistency. Shoaib Akhtar, a Pakistani bowler, had also counselled him to think of himself as an ordinary batter and play freely in order to come out of his slump.
It’s worth noting that Virat Kohli has been a regular run scorer for India for more than a decade. He is the only Indian batsman with a 50-plus average across all formats.