India skipper Virat Kohli will skip the Afghan test and might be going to play county cricket for Surrey in June, with a way to improving his batting performance and adopting conditions in England before the start of the away series against England. The 29-years old Kohli will miss Afghanistan historic Test debut in Bengaluru from June 14. The choice has been taken by the Indian skipper in a summons to improve his batting performance in England, where he has not been able to perform at his career best. Kohli has played five Tests in the country and has managed to score only 134 runs with a mediocre batting average of 13.4. There is also a rumour about playing his debut match in England County. The sources say that Kohli will make himself available for Surrey’s three four-day games against Somerset, Hampshire, and Yorkshire between June 9 and June 28.
India will play five Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is against England starting with the first Test at Edgbaston slated to begin from August 1. Indian has never won a test series in England.
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!
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 24, 2018
The first Test against England starts on August 1, 2018, at Edgbaston In doing so; the skipper will miss Afghanistan’s debut Test in India which will be hosted in Bengaluru and starts from June 14 and will instead head to the south of London post the Indian Premier League (IPL). Home to the historic Kia Oval in South London, Surrey have played hosts to some of the game’s legends and Kohli will become first Indian to join their ranks. If he plays the county cricket in England, he will be the second Indian cricketer just after Cheteshwar pujara, who is presently playing for Yorkshire.
Virat Kohli has made a strong statement of intent about the England tour where he has unfinished business by opting to play county cricket. In doing so, has also prioritised opposition by missing the test against Afghanistan
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 24, 2018