Surrey County Cricket Club officially stated their deal with Indian Cricket Captain, Virat Kohli, on Thursday on their website www.kiaoval.com.
“Surrey County Cricket Club are delighted to announce the signing of India captain Virat Kohli for the month of June,” the club announced on their website www.kiaoval.com.
“It has long been an ambition of mine to play county cricket, and I am thankful to Alec Stewart and Surrey for allowing me the opportunity to join them during their 2018 season,” said Kohli. “I can’t wait to get to The Oval [Surrey’s home ground],” the ICC website quoted him saying.
The 29-year-old batsman will participate in three County Championship matches and at least three One-Day Cup games.
Kohli, who has an average of more than 50 in all formats for his country, will lead India in a five-match Test series in England beginning on 1 August. The last time he was on tour for England with India in 2014 at 25, he averaged just 13.40 in five Tests with a top score of 39. Since then he has ascended to second in the Test batting rankings and first in ODIs.
Alec Stewart, Surrey’s Director of Cricket, added: “We are thrilled to have signed the biggest name in world cricket for the month of June.”
“Playing and training alongside Virat will be a massive benefit for our players who will have the opportunity to learn so much from him.”
He also said that it is a tough time for cricket as there is a lot of discussion about the game’s future in this country. The arrival of Kohli as one of their players will help in boosting the game in the country and also help younger cricketers get a positive exposure of the game, playing alongside one of the best batsmen in the word.
Kohli will be missing a significant game in the form of India’s inaugural Test match with Afghanistan in June while playing county cricket.
Virat Kohli is going to play English domestic cricket in the lead-up to India’s five-Test series. Kohli had an uncharacteristically lean series in England in 2014.
He will become the fourth Indian Test player in English county cricket this season, with Ishant Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara preparing for the series against England at Sussex and Yorkshire respectively, while Varun Aaron, who has already played the last of his nine Test matches in 2015, now playing for Leicestershire.
Kohli is anticipated to debut for Surrey on 1 June in a One-Day Cup fixture against Kent at Beckenham on 1 June, before completing off his term in a four-day fixture at Scarborough against Yorkshire.
If Surrey allowed from the group stage of the One-Day Cup, Kohli could play in the quarter-finals and possibly semi-finals in mid-June.
And there are proceeding to be at least two besides three four-day Country Championship Games, along with 50-over matches.
Post taking over the test captaincy during India’s tour of Australia in 2014/15, Kohli has led his country to the top of the ICC positioning with 21 Test wins from 34 matches.
The final game is on 30 June, but Surrey has only asserted he will play up to the Championship match against the Tykes.