The Men in Blue emerged victorious against Hong Kong on Wednesday but were far from their best.
The bowling unit, particularly pacers Avesh Khan and Arshdeep Singh, were disappointing. Captain Rohit Sharma failed to score with the bat. Meanwhile, KL Rahul’s strike rate was questionable.
Virat Kohli struck a half-century, his second of the year in T20Is. But former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer wasn’t fully impressed.
The 44-year-old opined that despite a 59 off 44 ball innings from Kohli, the former skipper lacked fluency which he boasted in his heydays.
The 33-year-old RCB star amassed 35 against Pakistan and is the top run scorer in Asia Cup 2022 with 94 runs.
In a conversation with ESPN Cricinfo, Jaffer said, “I am worried about his fluency. He has got runs, but the fluency isn’t there, the one we saw in his prime days.”
He further expressed concerns over the slow strike rate at which the Indian top order is batting.
He took an indirect dig at KL Rahul and said that any batter playing with Kohli must strike at a rate of 135-140. Notably, Rahul scored 36 runs against Hong Kong but took 39 balls. He registered a strike rate of 92, for which he got heavily criticised.
“The team needs someone scoring at a much higher rate than Kohli. Imagine if SKY didn’t strike at over 250, then the Men in Blue would have ended with 150-160, which would have been troubling.”