Indian Skipper Virat Kohli has been granted a leave of absence by the BCCI to play for Surrey in the English County Championship. The Indian Skipper is set to miss the first historic Test Match between India and Afghanistan, leaving Ajinkya Rahane to lead the side.
Kohli is serious about conquering one of the few frontiers where he has been unable to make an impact in international cricket.
After a lean tour of England in 2014, where he hit 135 runs at an average of 13.50 – Kohli is getting serious about his preparations for the tour of England that will commence in August this year.
Kohli will have plenty of time to acclimatise to the seaming conditions and Duke balls. The English pace attack is expected to be led by Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson, the same duo who made a mess of Virat’s series in 2014.
The Indian skipper will be looking to keep the pressure on English Captain Joe Root, who is coming off a lean Winter tour of Australia and New Zealand.