Former Pak Captain Believes Virat Kohli Is Not A ‘Great’ T20 Player

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The former Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been going through a rough patch lately. His forms has dipped drastically that has grabbed some eyeballs. With the coveted Asia Cup 2022 taking place, the fans have their eyes on Virat Kohli. Amid this, former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has criticized Kohli and stated that he is not a “great” T20 player, and he can never become Rohit Sharma or Suryakumar Yadav.

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The batting superstar was rested for the series against West Indies and Zimbabwe. Ahead of the tournament, former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri said that Virat Kohli is a “machine”, whose hunger and passion for the game remains undiminished. But, the former Pakistan captain has blasted Kohli.

“Virat Kohli has never been a great T20 player. We compare him to the likes of Kane Williamson, Joe Root or Steve Smith but none of them have been match-winning players in T20s. These all take the game along, playing an anchor role. Virat Kohli is a great ODI player. He cannot become Rohit Sharma or Suryakumar Yadav,” said Latif on a YouTube show ‘Game On Hai’.

“He plays in the same fashion for Royal Challengers Bangalore as well. MS Dhoni is a different kind of player, if he plays 3-4 dot balls, he can hit 3-4 sixes as well. He can make up for the dot balls. Virat Kohli starts hitting after playing 30-35 balls. Rohit Sharma is the kind of player who utilises the powerplay very well,” he added.

In 101 T20Is, Virat has scored 3,402 runs at an average of 50.77. He has 31 half-centuries in the format, with his highest score being 94*. He has a strike rate of 137.12.

Kohli has seemingly gotten back to his top form as he notched 59* off 44 balls, consisting of one four and three sixes in the match against Hong Kong. Now in 101 matches, Virat has scored 3,402 runs in T20Is at an average of 50.77. He has 31 half-centuries in the format, with the best individual score of 94*. He has a strike rate of 137.12.

Kohli’s fifty aided Suryakumar Yadav’s blistering knock of 68 as the defending champions India defeated Hong Kong by 40 runs in their Asia Cup match on Wednesday, registering their second successive win in the coveted tournament.

Sent into bat at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, India scored 192 for two with Kohli (59 not out) and Yadav (68 not out) being the team’s main contributors. In reply, Hong Kong were stopped at 152 for five in their allotted 20 overs as India entered the Super 4 stage of the tournament.

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