"Don't take Virat Kohli easy"- Pakistan star spinner warns Babar Azam and team for Asia Cup 2022
Both teams have been hit with a major blue in terms of their ace pacers, who have been ruled out of the tournament because of an injury. Shaheen Afridi will not be available for Pakistan, while India will miss the services of Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel as well.
However, India still have the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Ravindra Jadeja in their bowling line-up, but for Pakistan, it will be a bit of an inexperienced bowling attack of Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, and Mohammad Wasim Jr. India is expected to perform well in the match.
However, India does also have some other issues. KL Rahul is making a comeback and doesn't have the proper game time, while the former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, has been struggling with his batting form for quite a while now. But he is expected to do well against Pakistan; that's what his numbers suggest.
However, Pakistan's veteran leg-spinner, Yasir Shah, has warned the Men in Green to be wary of Virat. Notably, the 32-year-old is going through a lean patch and his form in 2022 is going down. He was on a break from the West Indies tour but against England, he wasn't able to cross the 20-run mark in six innings across all three formats.
Virat is currently ranked 32nd among all T20I batsmen. But when it comes to playing against Pakistan, he is by far the best Indian batsman in the current team. He was also the highest run-scorer in the last match against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2021.
He scored a crucial half-century after the cluster of wickets for India at the top and helped the team to reach the 151-run mark. However, with the Shaheen-less bowling attack of Pakistan, both India and Virat are expected to do well. Although, under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, India has adapted an aggressive batting approach.
Yasir Shah also believes the same thing. In an interview with Pktv.tv, he said, "Don't take Virat Kohli easy. Yes, he is not in form because he is struggling to score runs, but he is a world-class player and he can come back to form at any time."