Virat Kohli Opts for County Stint Before India's Tour of England

24 March, 2018, 16:36 | Author: Nina Hammond
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"Virat will miss the Test match against Afghanistan in Bangalore from June 14-18", COA chief Vinod Rai told PTI during an interaction. He too tweeted, "Virat Kohli has made a strong statement of intent about the England tour where he has unfinished business by opting to play county cricket". India and England will lock horns in the first Test at Birmingham after the completion of the T20I and ODI series.

The decision to play county cricket has been appreciated by several prominent names as well including the likes of VVS Laxman and Harsha Bhogle. I wouldnt like to add anything more to it.

Kohli though has improved vastly since then, as evidenced by his exploits in the recently-concluded South Africa tour, where conditions were very seamer-friendly.

Kohli will play 9-12 June encounter against Hampshire at Ageas Bowl in Southampton followed by another away match against Somerset at Woodbridge Road in Guldford from 20-23 June.

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Even though his batting abilities are second to none in today's day and age, Virat Kohli has chose to go the extra yard to prepare for the upcoming England tour after the IPL. Cheteshwar Pujara, who went unsold this year at the IPL Auction, will also play the upcoming season of the county championship for Yorkshire, starting April 7. I am sure not only him, but Team India will do exceedingly well in the England series.

Team India will tour England starting July 3.

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. Kohli had dropped hints of playing in the county cricket after the Chennai Test against England in 2016.

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