RCB captain Virat Kohli set for English county stint after IPL 2018

Simon Moss
March 24, 2018

The moves of Kohli have been carefully planned and the county stint is thought to be central to Team India's strategy for the July- September England series.

Kohli's inclination towards playing County cricket, however, indicates just how hungry he is to erase the blemishes from his only previous experience in England.

'I'm sure Stewie will be looking at his back pocket and seeing if he can fund it up to get him with a brown cap on his head, ' said Thorpe, now in New Zealand as batting coach for the Test leg of England's tour. Mitchell Marsh, who has opted to play county cricket instead of IPL, will be joining Virat in Surrey. "There were talks with Surrey and Essex", a senior BCCI official told PTI.

While Indian cricketers are not new to County Cricket, Kohli only be the second Indian worldwide after Pragyan Ojha to play for Surrey. I wouldn't like to add anything more to it.

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He is likely to feature in three four-day matches for Surrey between June 9 and 28 against Hampshire, Somerset, and Yorkshire with the latter likely to have Cheteshwar Pujara in their ranks as well.

Virat Kohli tied the knot with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in December a year ago, after which he has leased a sea-view apartment in Raheja Legend recently.

However, this time Royal Challengers Bangalore had to face a loss of around Rs 11 crore because the franchise could not hit a deal with the online hotel booking website Goibibo and it is learnt that the loss occurred after Indian skipper Virat Kohli denied to shoot a commercial opposite to Deepika Padukone.

Former Indian skipper Kapil Dev had commented earlier this year that a stint in County Cricket will help Kohli in his preparations for the 5-Test series and the 29-year-old has obliged. However, England remains unconquered for him. "So yes, if I have the opportunity to go there a few days before the tour starts that would be great".

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