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Aayush Mahajan ∙ Sep 1 2022, 7:00 PM | 2 Min Read

Gambhir highlights importance of Kohli's knock against Hong Kong

image-l7izbjqdKohli smashed 59* runs vs Hong Kong (PC: Twitter/@imVkohli)

Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir outlined the significance of Virat Kohli's unbeaten 59-run knock versus Hong Kong in the Asia Cup 2022.

Returning to the national team after a month-long break, Kohli headed into the tournament with a lean patch. Although the star batter visibly struggled against Pakistan and Hong Kong, he somehow fought his way back among runs, currently being the top-scorer in the tournament with 94 runs in two matches.

'His self-belief will grow'

image-l7j183jzKohli in full flow vs Hong Kong

Emphasising on Kohli's recent innings, Gambhir stated how important it was for the former to spend some time in the middle. As the 33-year-old scored a half-century, the cricketer-turned-commentator asserted that it would boost his confidence.

"I thought Virat Kohli's form was very important. He did not score the runs as quickly as we would have wanted him to but it was important for him to spend time in the middle. This fifty... see a fifty is a fifty, a run is a run, regardless of the opponent. Scoring runs in the middle, in a match situation, is very important. How much ever net practice you do, but nothing can give you as much confidence as scoring runs in the middle," Gambhir said as quoted to Star Sports.

"I believe that will only get better from hereon, his self-belief will grow and we will be able to see better performances from him," he added.

Rohit Sharma and Co. have already qualified for the Super 4 stage after their 40-run victory against Hong Kong.

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