Virat Kohli set for county stint ahead of India's tour of England

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Rectifying that record along with making a mark as the Indian captain will be top priority for the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain. Till now, Kohli had played five Test matches in England and scored 134 runs with the poor average of 13.4. "In doing so, has also prioritised opposition by missing the Test against Afghanistan", wrote Harsha Bhogle on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

Surrey have confirmed their interest in signing Virat Kohli on a possible short-term deal before India's Test series in England this summer. While it is yet to be ascertained which county Kohli will represent, it could be Surrey in all likelihood. It is also a likely a few other Test regulars may also follow suit - an indication to that effect was given by Shikhar Dhawan yesterday.

Accordingly, Pujara will be turning up for Yorkshire while Ishant will be playing for Sussex. Indian Test cricket legend VVS Laxman has hailed Kohli's decision to play county matches.

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India's most recent triumph in a Test series in England came in 2007 and Kohli will be eager to prove his charges can win away from home in seam-friendly conditions.

India would be playing five Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is in England August onwards.

It was evident how a lack of preparation hurt India's chances in South Africa and one would certainly hope that the BCCI and the players have learnt a lesson from that experience.

Alongside Kohli, teammate Cheteshwar Pujara is also expected to extend his stint with Yorkshire at the same time of the year.