Kohli, as is often the case, was one of the first to head into the nets. The focus was clearly on playing the short ball as he faced a barrage of surging deliveries in his 45-minute session.
After getting back into shape with a long-awaited 100 in the Asia Cup, the spring was felt in Kohli’s pass.
The star batter had even stepped up to Rashid Khan in the Asian Cup and showed supreme confidence. He was in a similar mindset in the nets on Sunday, running to the spinners for those straight hits on the ground.
He hit that hundred against Afghanistan as an opener and sparked debate about his at bat. Whether at the top or his usual number three spot, Kohli realizes the need to attack in the shortest format from the start.
Kohli is ready to step out of his comfort zone to follow the team’s new template and a rare shot during the Asian Cup is proof of that.
One of his best T20 innings, 82 not out against Australia in the 2016 World T20, came into his own here and now with his form and confidence back, fans can expect another special knock from him on Tuesday against the same opponents.
PCA reveals Yuvraj and Harbhajan stands for toss
The Punjab Cricket Association will unveil the grandstand named after two of its star cricketers, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh, one hour before Tuesday’s game kicks off.
The south pavilion is named after one of India’s greatest spinners Harbhajan and the north pavilion after 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj.
“We have taken the initiative to honor all the star players of Punjab. It is happening in other associations and we thought we should also honor two iconic cricket players from Punjab,” PCA Secretary Dilsher Khanna told PTI.
“What better way than to have a stand to their name. The unveiling takes place before the start of the match.”