DUBAI: Star India striker Virat Kohli is a quality player and has all the tools needed to emerge from his long dip in form, former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene has said.
Kohli and a KL in great shape Rahul On Monday, he returned to a 15-member Indian squad for the Asian Cup to be held in Dubai and Sharjah from August 27 to September 11.

Kohli is enduring his worst form slump and hasn’t scored a century in international cricket since November 2019.
His last mission was England tour where he could only manage 76 races from six rounds across all formats, which included the rescheduled fifth Test, two ODIs and as many T20s in July.
The former skipper rested for a limited tour of the West Indies and the upcoming ODIs against Zimbabwe.
“It’s a shame what Virat is going through right now, but he’s a quality player,” Jayawardene said on the latest episode of The ICC Review.
“I believe that Virat has the tools to get through this (the collapse of form). He has also done this in the past and I’m sure he will come out of it. The class is permanent and the form is temporary.”
Rahul, who sat out the T20 series against West Indies due to COVID-19 and later underwent sports hernia surgery, will return as vice-captain at the Asian Cup.
Jayawardene thinks the lack of playing time could be a problem for Rahul as he prepares for the tournament.
“That (Rahul’s lack of cricket) would be a concern for India. He’s been out for a little while since the IPL so having playing time is quite crucial, especially there in the middle.
“The sooner he can get playing time and regain that confidence, the better. It will help him and the national team.”
Ex-Sri Lankan skipper thinks India should go for a left-handed fly-half, preferably Rishabh pantswith right-hander Rohit Sharma in case Rahul doesn’t make an impressive comeback in the game.
Pant had opened twice in T20I against England in July.
“Even though he (Pant) hasn’t done that (opening the batting) a lot in domestic cricket, he has the ability to do that. Wherever he beats, you’re not going to change his game. He’s going to be a very natural player so yes, that’s an option (for Pant to open).”



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