Virat Kohli is all set to play county cricket in his bid to prepare for the upcoming Test series against England.
Despite the batting powerhouse that Virat Kohli has grown up to be in the last few years, England has always proved to be a tough outing for the Indian skipper. With just 134 runs in five Test matches and a dismal average of 13.40, doing well in England has been a top priority for the India captain.
Virat Kohli 's decision to play county cricket before the England series shows his drive and commitment to achieve excellence. I am sure not only him,but Team India will do exceedingly well in the England series. Best wishes!
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“Virat will be playing for a division one county side for sure. I wouldn’t like to add anything more to it. There were talks with Surrey and Essex,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.
It is learnt that the Indian captain’s sole focus is on the five-Test series against England and he is ready to miss the one off Test against Afghanistan starting June 14 as he will be busy with his county The BCCI is putting in a lot of effort for the upcoming Test series and want more and more players to get accustomed to English conditions.
Accordingly, Cheteshwar Pujara will be turning up for Yorkshire while Ishant Sharma will be playing for Durham.
It is also learnt that some of the senior India players will also turn up for India A in England in their bid to prepare for the tour.
The likes of Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane are also expected to prop up their preparations.