Virat Kohli’s innings against Pakistan in India’s Asia Cup 2022 opener can be divided into two parts: the first 15 deliveries, during which Kohli looked shaky, missing, and not timing the ball as well as he would have liked, and the next 15, during which Kohli showed flashes of his best, playing a few cracking shots for four. Kohli performed well considering it was his first international game in more than a month, but former Pakistan captain Inzamam Ul Haq and former India opener Virender Sehwag believe Kohli still has a ways to go before he is fully recovered.

A player of Kohli’s caliber at the height of his powers would never play the kind of shot he did, according to Inzamam, who believes that Kohli seemed under pressure. After putting himself in, Kohli was out when he made an odd stroke, walking down the wicket and playing a chip shot in the air. Because of poor timing, Kohli was out at long-off off the bowling of a left-arm spinner. With Inzamam pointing out that Kohli would never be dismissed after getting his eye in, Kohli’s shot was hotly contested.

“I saw Virat be under considerable strain. He was declared set after scoring 35 runs, and a player of his caliber is not only hard to dismiss but also less likely to make a mistake. I was shocked to find, though, that he wasn’t as certain yesterday “On his YouTube channel, Inzamam said.

In a similar vein, Sehwag said that Kohli has never before made a “poor shot” like the one he made on Sunday night. Despite this, Sehwag thought well of the former India captain and his performance, and he predicts that Kohli would likely improve before the T20 World Cup.

“He seemed to be regaining his shape. The 35 runs are very much indicative of a guy in form, but Virat’s batting, which we are used to witnessing and never take our eyes off of, has yet to be seen. That time has not yet come back. He is scoring runs, but not in the same way that he used to. A 150-person pursuit would never allow him to escape. Never before made such bad shots. Several additional matches could be required. By the time the T20 World Cup rolls around, we hope that Kohli has reverted to his previous state of mind “Commented Sehwag on Cricbuzz.