Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq feels that Team India played very well against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup 2022 Super 4, but their dominant performance came a bit late. India defeated Afghanistan by 101 runs in this match. While batting first, the Indian team scored 212 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 20 overs.
The former Indian captain smashed an aggressive century, scoring 122* runs in 61 balls. In the chase, Afghanistan managed to score only 111 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 8 wickets. Bhuvneshwar bowled an exceptional spell, picking up 5 wickets for 4 runs in his 4-over quota.
“Meharban Badi Der Ki Aate-Aate” – Inzamam
“Meharban Badi Der Ki Aate-Aate.” KL Rahul and Virat Kohli batted very well. There is a lot of aggression in their game. But this performance came too late, as they were out of the tournament.
“Meherbaan badi der ki aate aate (It came a bit too late). The kind of form and performance that everyone was expecting from India was on display against Afghanistan. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli batted really well, and that aggression in their game was evident.”
“But it was a bit too late as it did not help their cause with regard to progressing further in the tournament.”
“Virat Kohli form Is Crucial For India To Win Matches” – Inzamam
“It is definitely good news for India that Kohli scored a hundred after more than thousand days. His form is crucial for India to win matches going forward. Kohli himself will be relieved and will be much more relaxed now.”
Kohli’s return to form has come at an ideal time for Team India. The Asia Cup is considered a warm-up tournament for the Indian team to work out some things before the T20 World Cup 2022. While not everything went as planned for the Men in Blue, Kohli’s return to form can be seen as the most encouraging sign.
“One thing that I noticed during the tournament was that Indians were under a lot of pressure. Against big teams in tough conditions, quality teams come out with stronger performances; they don’t struggle. If India continues to underperform this way in crunch games, it won’t be good news for them. Things are only bound to get difficult.”
Rohit Sharma-led Indian team will look to improve their form in the upcoming matches against Australia and South Africa ahead of the 2022 T20 World Cup.