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`His form augurs well for India`: Kohli`s childhood coach ahead of SL vs IND


Virat KohliYouth coach Rajkumar Sharma on Saturday said that the former India skipper’s recent form bodes well for the Men in Blue ahead of the upcoming ODI World Cup. India will face defending champions Sri Lanka in a high-voltage Asia Cup final at the R. Premadasa stadium on Sunday.

Against Pakistan, Kohli showed his mettle in the cricket world by becoming the fastest batsman to score 13,000 runs in the ODI format. he came the fifth player in the process to achieve the landmark in men’s ODIs.

Rajkumar sympathized that if the star batsman is not scoring centuries it does not mean he is out of form.

“Kohli is already in great form in 2023. There was a phase when he wasn’t scoring big runs. It wasn’t like he was out of form. He was scoring but it’s the kind of expectations he carries that people thought that he is If he is not scoring centuries it does not mean he is out of form but fortunately he is playing well now. His form is going well for India,” Rajkumar Sharma told ANI.

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Talking about India’s match against Sri Lanka, Rajkumar said that winning the Asia Cup title would have a “huge psychological advantage” for the team in the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup.

“It’s a big game. The winner of the game will be the Asian Cup champion and it will be a big psychological advantage ahead of the World Cup. The preparation is good and it’s good to beat all the Asian teams before the World Cup . So naturally, you will have an advantage. I am optimistic that India will do well,” Rajkumar added.

Prediction playing XIs

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumraj, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Washington Sundar (cover for injured Axar Patel)

Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (captain), Pathum Nissanaka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Janith Perera, Kusal Mendis (vc), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Maheesha Pathirana, Kasun Rajitha, Dushan Hemantha, Binura Fernando, Pramod Madushan

(With agency input)

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