You don’t have to talk to Kohli; simply divert his attention: Shoaib Akhtar. “Get Kohli busy, and if he gets busy batting, then he will win them the match,” said Akhtar.
Former speedster Shoaib encouraged his national team not to engage in discussions with flashy batter Virat Kohli ahead of the high-voltage drama between the arch-rivals in the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup 2023.
In a recent interview, Shoaib asserted in a lighthearted tone that his team will need to push Kohli. Engage in conversation during the game, and further distract him to have a chance of winning.
“You should not speak with Virat Kohli.” You simply need to push him and divert his attention. Make him do something. “And if he’s busy batting, he’ll win them the game,” Shoaib said on ‘Wake Up With Sorabh’ (YouTube Channel).
The dashing right-hander struggle to get runs against Pakistan in his maiden game. While he only scored four against the Men in Green, Kohli did not bat against Nepal in their second group stage match.
In their first meeting, Team India and Pakistan fail to get a result since the match wash out due to rainfall at the venue in Kandy. It is worth noting that the weather may play a role in the next match between the two cricketing titans in Colombo.
ACC schedule a reserve day for the match to be completed on Monday, September 11.
Pakistan, headed by Babar Azam, won their first Super Four match against Bangladesh and will be desperate to maintain their momentum against India.
Rohit Sharma and company, on the other hand, would be looking to open their Super Four campaign with a resounding victory over their arch-rivals. Following the end of the Pakistan match, Team India will focus on the vital matches against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Which are scheduled for September 12 and 15, respectively.