Kapil Dev Suggests Virat Kohli To Play County Cricket
By CricShots - Mar 7, 2018 6:46 am
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Legendary Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev reckons that Indian skipper Virat Kohli would be benefited from a stint in the county championship before this year’s Test series against England. The five-match Test series between the two nations begins in August and India will be hoping to improve their performance on English soil having recorded just three test victories since 1986.

Virat Kohli might opt to play County cricket

Dev, who lifted the World Cup as skipper in 1983, said Kohli is among the world’s elite batsmen who must get runs everywhere. He said, “Practice makes a man perfect. One has to practice those conditions. The bar which we as cricketers set for these people is that you have to be good in all conditions.”

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As quoted in a British media, Kapil said, “That’s what we used to say about Allan Border or Vivian Richards or Sunil Gavaskar – they were players to play any part, anywhere, any kind of conditions, they used to perform. Virat Kohli, the question mark is in front of him, it’s there. He has to get runs where it is considered to be the toughest conditions in the world.”

County stint will help Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli and Kapil Dev

During India’s last Test series in England four years ago, Kohli batting average was as disappointing as 13.40, way below his career batting average of 53.40 from 66 Tests. However, since that series Virat has never seen a rough patch in his career.

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Kapil had played two seasons for Northamptonshire and reckons that a similar spell would help the 29-year-old Kohli to adapt to English pitches. He said, “What we’re seeing, with his temperament, I think he’s good enough. It all depends if he gets a good start. He has the ability. If he can play a season or two in English county cricket there would be nothing wrong, because if you want to be the best player in the world you have to get runs everywhere.”

Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma (Sussex) and batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (Yorkshire) are currently signed to play on the county circuit before the tough tour begins.