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Virat Kohli has signed a three-match contract with County club Surrey in County Championship.
Kohli is likely to join up with Surrey in June. Where he plays three four-day matches against Hampshire, Somerset and Yorkshire between June 9 and June 28.
He will miss a historical test match against Afganistan at Bengaluru in June.
Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ishant Sharma had already signed a deal with county clubs in England.
Ishant Sharma will play for Sussex while Pujara is seen playing for Yorkshire
Virat Kohli decision to play county cricket for Surrey showed his hunger and commitment to do well in England. Virat Kohli has conquered many overseas nations with his bat. But in England Kohli had horrifying experience. He failed miserably there in 2014 Test series. His technique was questioned against the moving ball in England by his critics. During 2014 series Kohli scored only 134 runs with the average of just 13.40 in 5 matches.
Kohli is very focused on his priorities. He knows that England tour is very big and crucial for India team. That why he wants to make an impact in England by leading his team from the front. Virat is very keen to score a lot of runs in England. That tour is the only rough patch in his career which he wants to accomplish.
BCCI has decided to take a bigger step by Sending Indian Test specialist like Ajinkya Rahane, Murli Vijay, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Shah earlier on June in England to get enough exposure regarding the condition. The decision was taken as effect what happened in South Africa. India lost the series by 2-1 Against Proteas due to less time for practice in the overseas tour.
The test specialist players will play 2 four day match for India A in England under the coaching of Rahul Dravid. The decision was made in consultation with head coach Ravi Shastri, Dravid, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, and Saba Karim (BCCI’s general manager of cricket) along with Kohli.
Indian Captain has made the decision to improve his batting in England, where he has not been able to perform at his best. Many former Indian Cricketer believes India will definitely do well in England following their solid preparation to conquered seaming swinging condition. However, Visitor India is certainly favorite considering the poor form of England team in Test.
Note: India biggest overseas series of the Season will underway from 3 July. India starts their campaign with Limited Overs which includes 3 ODI and 3 T20. later after the conclusion of limited overs leg, India play 5 Test Match series starts from 1 August.