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Asia Cup 2022: Ravi Shastri predicts Virat Kohli’s form ahead of India vs Pakistan big clash

Indian cricket team has reached UAE where the Asia Cup 2022 will be played and India will kick start the campaign against their arch rival Pakistan on August 28.

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Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been in the headlines for a quite long time now. Be it, having gone without any international century for over 1000 days or battling poor form, the cricketer has been one of the major talks of the nation.

And now that Virat Kohli is making a comeback after being rested for the India vs West Indies and India vs Zimbabwe ODI and T20 series, all eyes are at him. Indian cricket team has reached UAE where the Asia Cup 2022 will be played and India will kick start the campaign against their arch rival Pakistan on August 28.

Virat Kohli was even rested for the bilateral series with the belief that month long hiatus would give him enough time to think and come up with a better approach towards his game. And it was former India head coach Ravi Shastri who had suggested that Virat Kohli needed break as he has been playing non-stop cricket for past three years.

And that’s exactly what happened but now that Kohli is marking his comeback, Shastri was asked to predict his form against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2022. Ravi Shastri showed his faith in former skipper and said that this Kohli will be a lot calmer and will play with no baggage.

Ravi Shastri also said that Kohli’s good performance against Pakistan will defiantly shut mouths and he also focused on Kohli’s right space of mind. Mentioning his coaching days with Virat, Ravi Shastri said that there’s nothing wrong done by Virat. He did absolutely right and should keep focussing on that.  

Virat Kohli is also on the verge to create another milestone of his cricketing career, of playing his 100th T20I. And talking about the same, former Indian head coach said that, Kohli is a big player about to play his 100th T20 match and hence mental fatigue can creep in. He further added that not a single player in the history of world cricket has not gone through a bad patch and Kohli is no different.

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Fans hail Virat Kohli’s unbelievable one-hand catch to dismiss Shakib Al Hasan for 29 | Watch

Team India is playing the first game of 3-match ODI series against Bangladesh in Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur in Dhaka.

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Fans hail Virat Kohli's unbelievable one-hand catch to dismiss Shakib Al Hasan for 29 | Watch

Internet is applauding Virat Kohli catch of former Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan in the 17th over. The Indian batsmen was standing inside the inner circle and took an unbelievable catch while running side wards. He even took the catch while falling and with the opposite hand.

Indian team might not have given a big chase to Bangladesh but the Indian bowling attack and its fielder and leaving not stone unturned to turn the tables. Kohli’s amazing catch and several maiden overs is a testimony of the fact the Indian players know how to step up in difficult situations.

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Team India is playing the first game of 3-match ODI series against Bangladesh in Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur in Dhaka. Men in Blue are playing an ODI series here after seven years. Senior players like Virat-Rohit have returned to the Indian team and after lossing the toss hosts invited India to bat first.

Batting first, India has set a target of 187 runs in front of Bangladesh. Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Rohit Sharma failed to lay the foundation of a strong Indian innings and walked back to the pavilion after scoring 23 and 27 runs respectively.

Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli also failed to score big and got out after scoring 9 runs in the same over. Both Rohit and Virat were dismissed by former Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan. And the former Indian skipper balanced the score after taking this unreliable on hander.

IND vs BAN ODI Schedule and Venue

1st ODI: Will be played on December 4 (Sunday) at
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka, Dhaka at 11:30 pm

2nd ODI: Will be played on December 7 (Wednesday) at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka, Dhaka at 12:30 pm.

3rd ODI: Will be played on December 10 (Saturday) at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka, Dhaka at 12:30 pm.

IND vs BAN ODI Squads

India ODI Squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Shreyas Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Washington Sundar, Akshar Patel, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Sen, Shahbaz Ahmed and Umran Malik.

Bangladesh ODI Squad: Liton Das (captain, wk), Najmul Hossain Shanti, Yasir Ali, Asif Hossain, Mahamudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Anamul Haque (wk), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Nurul Hasan (wk) Wicket-keeper), Ibadat Hossain, Hasan Mahmood, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasam Ahmed and Taskin Ahmed.

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IND vs BAN ODI: India all out for 186, Shakib Al Hasan dismisses Rohit-Virat in the same over

KL Rahul played a constructive innings of 73 runs and stood firm while the Indian batting order was falling like a house of cards as soon as Sundar was dismissed.

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IND vs BAN ODI: India all out for 186, Shakib Al Hasan dismisses Rohit-Virat in the same over

Team India is playing the first game of 3-match ODI series against Bangladesh in Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur in Dhaka. Men in Blue are playing an ODI series here after seven years. Senior players like Virat-Rohit have returned to the Indian team and after lossing the toss hosts invited India to bat first.

Batting first, India has set a target of 187 runs in front of Bangladesh. Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Rohit Sharma failed to lay the foundation of a strong Indian innings and walked back to the pavilion after scoring 23 and 27 runs respectively.

Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli also failed to score big and got out after scoring 9 runs in the same over. Both Rohit and Virat were dismissed by former Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan. India had lost three wickets before putting 50 runs on the score board. However, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul took India’s score to 92 runs. Shreyas also got out after scoring 24 runs.

For the fifth wicket, Rahul built a 60-run partnership with Washington Sundar and took India’s score past 150. Sundar also became the victim of Shakib by scoring 19 runs. However, KL Rahul played a constructive innings of 73 runs and stood firm while the Indian batting order was falling like a house of cards as soon as Sundar was dismissed. Shahbaz Ahmed and Deepak Chahar were dismissed without opening the account. Shardul Thakur was dismissed for 2 and Mohammad Siraj scored 9 runs. Kuldeep Sen remained unbeaten after scoring 2 runs. And India gave a total of 187 runs for host Bangladesh to chase.

However, Indian team surely knows how to pick themselves back. Indian pacer Deepak Chahar sent Najmul Hussain Shanto back to the pavilion on the very first ball of the first over. After three overs, Bangladesh have scored eight runs losing one wicket. At present, captain Liton Das is at the crease after scoring one run and Anamul Haque is playing at seven.

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IND vs BAN: Injured pacers still a concern for Indian team management and skipper

Young bowlers like Mohammad Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Shahbaz Ahmed and Umran Malik have a golden chance to prove their caliber against Bangladesh.

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IND vs BAN: Injured pacers still a concern for Indian team management and skipper

Men in Blue are all set to take on Bangladesh in the three match ODI series which begins tomorrow at 11:30 pm. This is for the first time that the entire ODI squad will be seen together after July at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur in Dhaka.

Senior players like KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Regular captain Rohit Sharma will be joining the team after being rested post the T20 World Cup 2022. Even the young players have touched down Bangladesh after playing the T20 and ODI series against New Zealand.

With just less than 2 months left for the ODI World Cup 2023, Indian team would want to win every game and play the perfect host for the big ICC tournament. But seems like problem of the injured Indian pacers is long term now. This morning Mohammed Shami was ruled out of the India vs Bangladesh ODI series due to hand injury and young fast bowler Umran Malik will be seen replacing him.

On the other hand Jasprit Bumrah is yet not fully recovered and the team had to face the consequences of his absence in big tournaments like Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup. However, young bowlers like Mohammad Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Shahbaz Ahmed and Umran Malik have a golden chance to prove their caliber against Bangladesh.

The Indian team management and the skipper need to come up with better plans, But most importantly the Board of Cricket Control in India need to find the problem behind regular injuries to the Indian pacers. Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal returned from NCA post recovery.

Ravindra Jadeja is still not fully recovered and Deepak Chahar is just returning from an injury. The Indian team management needs to have some serious discussion with Head coach Rahul Dravid and skipper Rohit Sharma for better solutions.

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