Virat Kohli likely to skip Afghanistan Test for county stint


According to reports in the Times of India, Indian skipper Virat Kohli is all set to join English County side Surrey in a bid to boost his preparations for India's upcoming tour of England from June 2018. Indian has never won a test series in England. A BCCI official confirmed the same.

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has cancelled a Rs 34-crore luxury apartment booking in Worli. It is being said that Virat had planned to play County cricket to improve his batting performance in England ahead of the India squad's away series. I wouldnt like to add anything more to it.

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Surrey already have Mitchell Marsh as their overseas player for the 2018 season but Australia's five-match one-day series against England, starting on 13 June, would open up a three-week need for a replacement. Which means, Kohli would skip playing host to Afghanistan for their maiden Test in June.

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The report also adds that Virat had made a decision to play County cricket to improve his batting on England grounds. If the reports are true, the right-hand batsman will become the first Indian to join Surrey, who have hosted some of the legends over the years. Star Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara will also play for Yorkshire, starting April 7. Playing for the county side will help Delhi boy to know fast and bouncy tracks in a better manner before a long series with England.

The five-Test series that starts at Edgbaston on 1 August is what sits firmly in Kohli's sights, of course, with success against the red Duke ball in England the one glaring gap his otherwise stellar cricketing CV.

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