Former India skipper Virat Kohli ended his 1,020-day drought without scoring a century by smashing his 71st international ton against Afghanistan, in the recently concluded Asia Cup 2022. Kohli also finished the continental tournament as the second-highest scorer with 276 runs at an impressive strike rate of 147.59.
Speaking about Kohli finding his form, ex-Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson has backed the right-hander saying said it is a big positive for Team India that the 33-year-old is back among the runs.
India should have a settled team before heading into the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia
Speaking in an interview with ANI, Johnson said, “It is good for India when their best players can make runs and keep the side confident. He is that player who changed the focus of the team when he took on the captaincy. The team will be happy that he is scoring runs,”
“They have to be looking at winning the series in tough conditions. This will give them confidence heading into the World Cup. They should have a solid and settled team going into it. It will be a great series,” Johnson added.
India should put Asia Cup sorrows behind, opines Mitchell Johnson
The Australian team is currently in Mohali, getting ready to face-off with India in the first game of the three-match T20I series. The Men in Blue will face the team from Down Under in Mohali on September 20 for the series opener, before playing them in Nagpur on September 23 and finishing the series off in Hyderabad on September 25
Speaking about India’s chances at the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Johnson said that anything can happen in a World Cup event.
“When it comes to the World Cup, you just enjoy the moment. You need to focus. They are all big teams. Indians are used to playing big games because of the IPL, playing in front of large crowds with a lot of pressure. I think all that stuff (Asia Cup performance) will be behind them,” Johnson said.