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Virat Kohli to play for Surrey in County, will miss the Afghanistan Test

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Indian skipper Virat Kohli is set to begin a new chapter in his cricketing career and as per recent reports, he will make his debut in the English County Cricket this year. The 29-year-old will represent Surrey in the 2018 Specsavers County Championship.

The County Championship will start from April 13 but Virat Kohli has made himself available from June 9 to 28 for three four-day games against Hampshire, Somerset and Yorkshire respectively. As a result, he will miss the inaugural Test of Afghanistan versus India scheduled to begin on June 14 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

Another Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara will also take part in the County Championship and will play for Yorkshire. There are good chances the 2 Indian middle-order batsman will face each other in England when Surrey and Yorkshire go head to head from June 25.

England tour in the vision

Team India is set to tour England in the month of July for series across all formats. England is the only place where Virat Kohli hasn’t done well in his otherwise brilliant career. Whenever an argument arrives of who the best batsman in the modern age is, the critics of Kohli bring forward his horrendous last outing in the country.

The right-hander would be itching to make amends and do well this time around. India had recently found success in South Africa and the men in blue would be hoping to continue the good work in England. Considering the importance of the England tour, it’s an excellent move by Kohli to step his foot in the County Cricket to get accustomed to the conditions before the real action begins.

India will play 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs before the Test series that includes 5 matches. The last time India toured England, they had suffered a beating by 3-1 in the Test series. Going by the current forms of the 2 teams, the Virat Kohli-led side has a great chance to turn the tides this year.

 

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