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

24 March 2018

He managed to score just 134 runs in 10 innings at 13.4.

India's master batsman Virat Kohli may be on course to warm up for this summer's Test series against England by signing a county contract.

'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. A BCCI official confirmed the same.

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Kohli will become the first Indian to join Surrey, which has been one of the powerhouses of County Championship Division One. I wouldnt like to add anything more to it.

Virat Kohli, who is feared all around the globe for his batting prowess, has opted to play county cricket in England after the IPL tournament.

Kohli will play three matches for Surrey against Hampshire, Somerset, and Yorkshire from June 9 to June 28.

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The 29-year-old has never played domestic cricket overseas though a number of top India players have spent time in England including Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin. The obvious fallout of this is that the skipper will not take part in the Test against Afghanistan, scheduled in Bangalore from June 14. If the on-going reports are true the Virat will create history by becoming first-ever Indian male cricketer to join Surrey. Star Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara will also play for Yorkshire, starting April 7.

India's tour of England gets underway from July 3, starting with the limited-overs leg featuring three ODIs and as many T20Is. England will face a different India, a different Kohli too.

"I did enquire a while back about Kohli when it appeared to be a possible option for him to play county cricket but was told by the BCCI that India were playing Ireland in T20s and an inaugural Test v Afghanistan in June", said Stewart.

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