Former Pakistan cricketer Inzamam-ul-Haq criticised modern-day India batting great Virat Kohli for his approach in the blockbuster Asia Cup match. India defeated Pakistan by five wickets in Dubai on Sunday 28 after Hardik Pandya displayed his all-round brilliance. Asia Cup 2022: Virat Kohli criticised by Inzamam-ul-Haq.
The victory came after nearly a year when Pakistan beat India by 10 wickets in a group match of the T20 World Cup 2021. In the 2022 continental match, cricketer Virat Kohli scored 35 runs off 34 balls after getting relief when Fakhar Zaman dropped him at third slip for a duck off the bowling of debutant Naseem Shah in the first over of the 148-run chase in Asia Cup 2022.
The legendary Pakistan batter was critical of Kohli’s batting and said even after facing 34 balls as he felt that the Indian batter didn’t look confident. “There was a lot of pressure on Kohli yesterday. Usually, it is difficult to dismiss a set batter, but I was surprised to see yesterday that Kohli was not looking confident even after getting set,” Inzamam said on his YouTube channel.
Former Pakistan cricketer Inzamam also slammed the Indian management’s decision to drop Rishabh Pant from the XI for the Pakistan clash. The Men in Blue preferred Dinesh Karthik over Pant as the veteran wicketkeeper has been the designated finisher of the team since IPL 2022. “India’s middle order and lower middle order is very strong. That is what sets them apart from the other teams in this Asia Cup.
I was surprised that India chose to bench Rishabh Pant. The combination of Pant, Pandya and Jadeja is very dangerous. It was difficult to chase down 11 runs an over on this pitch, but they played really well,” he added. The batting icon also gave advice to the Pakistan selection committee to find specialist batters for number 4 and 5 spots.
“The selection committee and the management should do something about the middle order. The team seems to crumble after Fakhar Zaman gets out at No.3. They need to find proper solid batters for No.4 and No.5 spots. Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah are better suited in the lower middle order,” he added.