The Kohli Conundrum

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India skipper Virat Kohli has joined Surrey at The Oval for the month of June. Kohli will play both County Championship and One-Day Cup matches ahead of leading India on their Test tour of England.

Some people may moan about a player who will be opposing England being able to acclimatise to the conditions and I’ve previously shared that opinion. However, as Test cricket continues to become home team dominated, the opportunity to enhance the chances of an even contest is perhaps not a bad thing. England have had positive but one-sided results against Asian opposition when playing in almost winter conditions that are alien to the tourists, though admittedly this series is scheduled for summer rather than spring. England themselves have often been undercooked when touring and simply not been prepped to perform. Kohli, as well as others such as Yorkshire’s Cheteshwar Pujara, will hopefully be primed to provide even England fans with the sort of quality and contest that they pay for, whether that’s on telly or at the ground.

Kohli has committed for an entire month which I think is fair too. In light of an international cricketer’s schedule, it can’t be expected that the top players can participate for an entire campaign. I don’t like to see players signing for just a couple of weeks or representing multiple counties but First Class cricket in England desperately requires some aces to draw the crowds.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/253802.html

I might even sneak him into my Telegraph fantasy team!

International Duck Watch!

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Recalled to India’s line-up following Gautam Gambhir’s entry to Duck club, KL Rahul lasted a mighty five balls before gaining membership too. India’s opening batsman was dismissed by England’s Stuart Broad in the second Test in Visakhapatnam to leave India 6-1 and that soon became 22-2 before Cheteshwar Pujara (119) and Virat Kohli (151 not out) fought back with India finishing the first day’s play on 317-4 (James Anderson 3-44).

International Duck Watch!

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India’s Amit Mishra is our sole inductee into the International Duck Watch Hall of Fame today. The Nightwatchman (Or not as it turned out!) was dismissed second ball by England’s Zafar Ansari in the first Test in Rajkot. The hosts finished the day on 319-4 still 218 runs behind England’s first innings total of 537. Murali Vijay (126) and Cheteshwar Pujara (124) led the way for India making it five centuries in the match so far.