Watch: After meeting Babar, Kohli chats with Pakistan legend Mohammad Yousuf ahead of Asia Cup tie; video goes viral

Published on Aug 25, 2022 09:09 AM IST

Virat Kohli was seen chatting with Pakistan's batting coach Mohammad Yousuf and Afghanistan's star spinner Rashid Khan ahead of the Asia Cup.

Virat Kohli with Mohammad Yousuf and Rashid Khan(YouTube)
Virat Kohli with Mohammad Yousuf and Rashid Khan(YouTube)

Team India took part in its first training session on Wednesday after landing in the United Arab Emirates for the Asia Cup 2022. India's star batter Virat Kohli also broke sweat in the nets, taking on the bowlers in a gruelling session. Kohli is making a return to the Indian team after being rested for the side's previous two limited-overs tours to West Indies and Zimbabwe. The 33-year-old has been going through a rough patch with the bat; in his six international batting outings since the IPL, Kohli has failed to cross the 20-run mark.

However, fans are pinning hopes on the India great to make a strong return after the break. Kohli is expected to return to the side for the blockbuster clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday (August 28), which kickstarts India's campaign in Asia Cup. Ahead of the game, the players from both sides met each other on the sidelines of their respective training sessions in Dubai; Kohli met Pakistan captain Babar Azam, and also proceeded to meet the side's batting coach and cricketing great Mohammad Yousuf.

The two had a brief chart before eventually parting ways.


Earlier this year, Yousuf had backed Kohli amid his poor patch, insisting that every player goes through struggles in their career. He also compared Kohli to batting great Sachin Tendulkar.

“Every player goes through a lean patch and Virat is no different. However, he has been sensational in the last 10 years and has dominated cricket like Sachin Tendulkar,” he had said in an interaction with Pakistan news channel ARY news.

“Scoring 70 centuries is not as easy task. For me, he is the number one player in the last 10 years.”

India are placed in Group A of the Asia Cup that also includes Hong Kong, who qualified for the continental tournament on Wednesday after defeating United Arab Emirates in their final match of the qualifying round. The tournament begins on August 27 with Sri Lanka taking on Afghanistan.

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