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The time for an India vs Pakistan battle in the Asia Cup has arrived, with the two Asian giants set to square-off in the group stage of the tournament. More often than not, the event is dubbed as a contest between Pakistan’s bowling and India’s batting. Just like the cricketing universe, even India’s batting talisman Virat Kohli is in awe of Pakistan’s bowling attack. He Kohli feels one has to be at his absolute best to face a high-quality bowling attack like Pakistan’s. The Indians have won their last three ODIs against Pakistan but the last one was played during the 2019 World Cup.
“I feel bowling is their strength. And they’ve got some really impactful bowlers that can change the course of the game anytime based on their skill set. So, you have to be at your absolute best to face them,” he told Star Sports ahead of the start of India’s Asia Cup campaign.
Kohli has been in decent form in ODIs lately, having scripted 554 runs in 13 matches in the format since last December at a commendable average of 50.36. Talking about his approach lately, Kohli said, “I only try to understand how I can better my game. Every day, every practice session, every year, every season, this is what has helped me play this well for so long and to perform for my team.
“I don’t think you can perform consistently without that mindset because if your performance is your only goal, then you can be satisfied and stop working hard. There is no limit to it.
“There is no set achievement that if you reach a certain stage, you’ve reached excellence. I think I strive for betterment every day, so that is a better word to use, and yes, performance obviously becomes a by-product because your mindset is ‘How do I make my team win from this position?'”
With PTI inputs
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