Indian captain Virat Kohli opted to play cricket for England county team Surrey with a view to improving his batting performance in England before the start of the away series against the opposition.
Despite the batting powerhouse that Virat Kohli has grown up 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, Virat wants to improve his performance in England and its the very important and wise step taken by the right-hand batsman.
According to a report in The Times of India, Kohli is expected to play in three four-day matches for Surrey — scheduled between 9-28 June — against Hampshire, Somerset and Yorkshire. Kohli will become the first Indian to play for Surrey. He will go to England right after the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) ends on 27 May.
India’s tour of England will begin on 1 August at Edgbaston.
The tour comprising five Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is, the 29-year-old wants to tighten his seat belt before the final examination and looks eager to perform well there.
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He will not be alone in playing county cricket to ready himself for the England tour. 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.