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    Kohli hints at county stint in 2018

    Indian Captain Virat Kohli has suggested a stint in County Cricket would assist his preparation for the 2018 series in England.

    Indian captain Virat Kohli has expressed a desire to play in the Specsavers County Championship ahead of India’s next tour to England in 2018.

    His prolific Test Match form against England in India has contrasted a disappointing tour of England in 2014, when England’s seam and swing bowlers skilfully exploited the lateral movement offered in their own local conditions.

    When asked whether he would consider a county stint to prepare for the next series Kohli was enthusiastic about the possible opportunity to acclimatise.

    “If I have a chance I would love to do that,” said Kohli.

    “I would love to be there a month or month and a half beforehand getting used to playing in the conditions, understand what the wickets play like in that phase of the year.”

    “I would love to be there a month or month and a half beforehand getting used to playing in the conditions, understand what the wickets play like in that phase of the year.”

    Virat Kohli

    India’s premier batsman would be following in some illustrious footsteps if he were to sign for a county club.

    Sachin Tendulkar famously wore the White Rose of Yorkshire as their first ever overseas player in 1992 after they abolished the rule of only those born within the county boundary being eligible to play for the club.

    The 'Little Master' made his presence felt on and off the field and despite the county finishing the season in 16th place in the Championship, he showcased his ability by scoring 1,070 runs from 16 first-class matches.

    One of his stand out performances during that season was his 69-ball hundred against Lancashire at Headingley.

    Current England Women’s Head Coach Mark Robinson was a member of that Yorkshire side and despite seeing the obvious signs of greatness, his humble nature off the field was one of fondest memories he has of the batsman.

    “I can just remember how lovely he was, what a genuine lovely person he was, that was the biggest impression,” Robinson told ecb.co.uk.

    “The fact that he invited us all to his wedding at the end of the year and only one of us went. We all probably regretted that!

    “But he was so talented with the bat. For somebody who was destined to be great at that point, he was so humble and he just wanted to fit in.”

    Other notable Indian imports include Rahul Dravid who played for Kent in 2000, memorably showcasing his mastery against the spin of Shane Warne at Portsmouth with 137 and 73 not out in a six-wicket win.

    Saurav Ganguly and VVS Laxman wore the Red Rose of Lancashire as did the most experienced Indian in county cricket, Farokh Engineer, who made 164 appearances in the late 1960s and 1970s.

    Some of the Indian greats of the ‘70s and ’80s were famously county cricket stalwarts. Left-arm spinner Bishan Bedi was prolific for Northamptonshire during his 102 appearances in the 1970s, while Dilip Doshi (Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire), Ravi Shastri (Glamorgan) and Kapil Dev (Northamptonshire and Worcestershire) all enjoyed significant spells in England.

     

     

     

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