Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria believes that if Indian star Virat Kohli wants to be a part of the T20 World Cup squad, he must contribute big scores for the Men in Blue in the forthcoming Asia Cup.
Despite the fact that Kohli has been one of the most prolific match-winners India has produced in this format, Kaneria believes that his lacklustre form could harm the Indian team’s chances of winning the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.
Shaheen Afridi Does Not Need To Play Every Match: Danish Kaneria
Danish Kaneria highlighted why Kohli needs to reward the captain’s and team management’s faith in him in a video posted on his YouTube channel on Saturday. He stated:
“If Kohli wants to be considered for the T20 World Cup, he will need to come back with a bang. He will need to perform by hook or by crook. You can’t have such huge baggage with the team and then to bench him will also be incredibly tough.
“Pakistan will hope that Kohli’s form slump continues because if he gets back his mojo, he will be dangerous.”
The 41-year-old is also upset that the Pakistan team management failed to manage the workload of standout pacer Shaheen Afridi. Danish Kaneria believes Afridi is Pakistan’s ace versus India, but his knee injury has ruled him out of the Asia Cup. In response, he stated:
“Shaheen still has the form with him, but I kept on saying, ‘Don’t play your ace bowler in all matches because then there are chances of breaking down.’
He is with the team to the Netherlands for the ODI series, but if he doesn’t play even the third game, then he might be ruled out of the Asia Cup. Good sign for India but a bad one for Pakistan.”
India and Pakistan play against each other on 28th August in the Asia cup.