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Kohli’s batting has improved from Asia Cup, he is trusting his power game: Sanjay Manjrekar

Written by Mohan Sharma

Former batter Sanjay Manjrekar reckoned that Virat Kohli has started to find his rhythm and has gained confidence of late. On Sunday, September 25, the 33-year-old Kohli scored 63 off 48 with three fours and four sixes against Australia in Hyderabad, helping India win the match by six wickets.

“See, right from the Asia Cup, every match that he got runs, not just the runs, there was some improvement coming. I think the power game is back, he is trusting his power game. There was a time when he was getting runs but his power game was not coming at his beck and call that is starting to happen,” Manjrekar was quoted as saying on SPORTS18’s daily sports news show ‘SPORTS OVER THE TOP’.

Manjrekar was of the opinion that Kohli has brought along with improvements from the Asia Cup and the results are starting to show. The veteran said that the Delhi-born Kohli should now try and carry his form to the T20 World Cup later this year in Australia.

“He’s dispatching good balls for big boundaries and sixes. It’s all about confidence, this is a guy who’s damn self-confident and drives himself to excellence, but for long-time runs weren’t coming and his confidence was tender,” he stated.

“But during the Asia Cup, slowly and steadily, certain things started to happen, the pull shots came in, and the sixes started going more into the stands than just going over the rope as it was going in the IPL. So, the pieces are falling back to frame the perfect picture. Now it’s all about putting all these kinds of performances in the main event,” Manjrekar added.

Kohli finished Asia Cup 2022 as the second-highest run-scorer behind Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan. He also smashed his maiden T20I century against Mohammad Nabi’s Afghanistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

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