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Indian skipper Virat Kohli signs for Surrey

Indian skipper Virat Kohli signs for Surrey

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 04 May 2018, 10:00 am

London, May 4 (IBNS): Indian skipper Virat Kohli has signed with British Cricket club Surrey.

He will miss India's one-off Test against neighbours Afghanistan.

The Test match is scheduled to be played in Bangalore from June 14.

He will play for the club in the month of June, Surrey confirmed on Thursday.

"Kohli will be available for all cricket throughout the month until the close of Surrey’s trip to Scarborough to face Yorkshire," read the Surrey website.

The 29-year-old will become the fourth Test eligible Indian player in county cricket this year with fellow batsman Cheteshwar Pujara currently at Yorkshire and seamers Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron plying their trade at Sussex and Leicestershire respectively.

Kohli, who won the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC World Cricketer of the Year in 2017, averages more than 50 in all three formats of the international game.

Since his Test debut in 2011, the middle order batsman has scored 5554 runs at an average of 53.40 in the five-day game while his 9588 ODI runs have come at a rate of 58.10 per innings.

After 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 rankings with 21 Test wins from 34 matches.

In 2017, Kohli was also named as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World and as captain of the ICC Test and ODI Teams of the Year.

Speaking after signing for the club, Virat Kohli was quoted as saying by the club website: “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. I can’t wait to get to the Kia Oval.”

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."

Kohli is currently busy playing the Indian Premier League.

He is the skipper of the IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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