“He is hungry and passionate” – Ravi Shastri backs Virat Kohli ahead of Asia Cup 2022

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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 being around the corner, fans have their eyes on Virat Kohli. The batting superstar was rested for the series against West Indies and Zimbabwe, and now it would be interesting to see how he performs in the marquee event, especially against Pakistan on August 28 in Dubai. 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.

Ravi Shastri opens up on Virat Kohli

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Virat had last scored an international ton in 2019 and since then, the three-figure mark has eluded him. This year, Virat has looked completely out of touch, especially in the white-ball formats. Shastri in a virtual interaction organized by Star Sports Network talked about Kohli’s impressive fitness and how he could bounce back in a huge manner.

He said: “There has been no Indian cricketer fitter than him, and I say it with experience. Nobody works harder, and is fitter at his age than he is. He is a machine; it is just the case of him getting his mind right and being in the right frame of mind to approach games like this. We have often heard that 1-2 innings can make a difference, but with a player like him, it can make a massive difference, one innings, because he has got the fitness, physical strength.”

“Performance will get the mental strength back, the hunger and passion remains undiminished. Let me assure you that, he is hungry and passionate. He would have learnt from this patch he has gone through. All players do, when you are on the rise, right at the pinnacle of your career and a slump brings you right down. Then it is your character that helps you get up and fight again. He has all those qualities,” he further stated.

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