Kohli ruled out of Asia Cup due to injury? Find out the truth behind the viral tweet

India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2022: Team India will start their campaign in the Asia Cup 2022 with a bang against their arch-rivals Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday (August 28). But days ahead of the clash, Indian cricket fans were dealt a major blow on Thursday (August 25) when it was reported on social media that former India captain Virat Kohli may be ruled out of the tournament due to a ‘wrist injury’.

There was buzz on social media as the news came from respected Sri Lankan commentator Roshan Abesinghe, who is in UAE to cover the Asia Cup 2022, starting Saturday (27 August). Abesinghe wrote in a now-deleted tweet, “Virat Kohli has been dropped from the Asia Cup squad due to a wrist injury. Shubman Gill has been included in his place in Team India’s team.

Here’s the tweet about Virat Kohli’s injury…

Thankfully, Indian fans can now breathe a sigh of relief as the news turned out to be untrue. Abhaysinghe immediately deleted the tweet and apologized to fans saying, “Sorry Virat news is fake. Tweet has been deleted”.

Kohli actually participated Team India’s first training session At the ICC Academy in Dubai. The former captain looked in terrific form in the nets, thrashing spinners Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin.

Ahead of the Asia Cup starting August 27 in the United Arab Emirates, Kohli admitted that he had a pattern of poor scores on the England tour, which gave him something to work on and he had to recover from his time off the game. Kohli returned to the Indian squad for the Asia Cup in the T20I format after a break of more than a month after last playing during the tour of England in July, where he played two ODIs as well as 16 and 17 in 1. Make a score 11 in the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston and 20 in the two T20Is besides 11.

If Kohli features in India’s playing XI for the Asia Cup 2022 against Pakistan in Dubai on August 28 in what has been termed as the ‘greatest rivalry’ in the cricketing world, it will also be his 100th T20I appearance. “What happened in England was a pattern, so there was something I could work on and something I had to overcome. At this point in time, as you rightly said, there’s nothing you can say that.” So, for me, it’s really an easy thing to process because I know I’m batting well and there are times, when I start to feel that momentum back, I know. It happens that I am batting well.

“So, it’s not an issue for me, which was not there in England; I didn’t feel like I was batting well at all. So, I had to work hard on one thing, which was highlighted time and again. Could have gone, which I conquered; not so now,” Kohli said on the show ‘Game Plan’ on Star Sports.

(with IANS inputs)