Virat Kohli has made up his mind about doing well in England – Harsha Bhogle

 

Virat Kohli Picking County Cricket Over Afghanistan Test Shows He Wants to be the Best in the World

New Delhi: The Afghan cricket establishment is miffed that Virat Kohli is skipping their inaugural Test, which is understandable. When you break through into the elite group of Test playing nations, you want to be treated at par with the best.

Afghanistan got Test status in the wake of sterling performances in the past decade. Indeed, how a war-torn country, with no tradition or legacy has made such rapid strides is one of the more compelling stories in the history of sport.

How the Afghan players would have liked to pit their skills against arguably the game’s best current batsman! Especially their young spinners Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman on a pitch that would offer help.

The most important part of a `learning curve’ for any sportspersons is when you face players and teams more experienced and better ranked. This can speed up the `growing up’ process dramatically: not just in cricket, but across disciplines as has been shown over ages as reported by Cricket Next.

CoA chief gives freedom to Virat Kohli to pick one between Afghanistan Test and County

Cric Tracker states that Team India is all set to lock horns against Afghanistan in the one-off historic Test which will mark the debut of the latter country in the format. But the news that Virat Kohli will skip the game and play the County cricket in order to prepare himself for the upcoming England series has miffed some of the fans. Moreover, it was recently reported that even BCCI and Committee of Administrators (CoA) was divided over the matter. However, the chief Vinod Rai has cleared now it will be completely Virat’s decision whether to play or skip the Test against Afghanistan.

Afghanistan is supposed to play India in whites on June 14 in Bangalore at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. But if reports are to be believed, Kohli has already penned down a deal with Surrey to play the County Cricket ahead of the England tour. In that case, he will fly to the country soon after the conclusion of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

Nothing wrong in Virat Kohli playing county cricket, but CoA’s involvement reeks of undue interference in cricketing matters

Virat Kohli’s desire to play in the English County Championship is most understandable but not the short-sightedness of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) in letting him skip the inaugural Test against Afghanistan in Bengaluru.

No one can fault the Indian captain for nursing a desire to play County cricket. For, there can be no doubt that every player around the world will want to parade his talent in the world’s oldest first-class competition, and Kohli is no exception. Besides, his eagerness to improve his performance in England is an added incentive.

It is absolutely fine that he seems to have made the call to skip the Test against Afghanistan. But those who acceded to that request are probably not the best suited to place their stamp of approval on the decision. Chairman of the CoA, Vinod Rai, has been quoted as saying that his committee had always asked Test specialists to hone their skills in county cricket according to Firstpost.

Shreyas Iyer May Replace Virat Kohli For India-Afghanistan Test

India captain Virat Kohli’s maiden County journey might pave the way for Shreyas Iyer’s entry into the Indian squad for the one-off Test against Afghanistan starting June 14. Kohli, who will be playing for Surrey for the entire month of June, will also miss the two T20 Internationals against Ireland in Dublin at the end of that month.

While Ajinkya Rahane is set to lead the Indian team for the Test match, Rohit Sharma is likely to be in-charge during the Ireland leg with Kohli taking over at the start of July, a BCCI official told news agency PTI. The national selection committee meets to pick a host of squads on Tuesday. It is understood that barring Kohli, almost all the Test team regulars will be in action against Afghanistan.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma are expected to come back from England after Yorkshire’s away game against Surrey at the Oval from May 11-14. Yorkshire’s next match is on June 20 against Hampshire.

“There was a bit of wrong communication in some sections of media. Pujara was always going to play the Test match against Afghanistan. Ditto for Ishant Sharma, who doesn’t have a game for Sussex after his next match against Kent from May 11-14. Both are not playing any Royal London Cup matches during that phase,” the BCCI official said as reported by NDTV Sports.

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