County stint will help Virat Kohli prepare for England tour, says former skipper Kapil Dev

During India’s last Test series in England four years ago, Kohli averaged a disappointing 13.40, way below his career batting average of 53.40 from 66 tests.

Reuters, Mar 07, 2018 19:54:37 IST

India captain Virat Kohli would benefit from a stint in the county championship before this year’s Test series against England, former skipper Kapil Dev has said.

The five-match contest between the two sides begins in August and India will be hoping to improve their performance on English soil having recorded just Three test victories since 1986.

Virat Kohli leaves the field after being dismissed during the fifth cricket test match against England at the Oval. Reuters

Virat Kohli averages a dismal 13.40 in Tests in England. Reuters

Dev, who lifted the World Cup as skipper in 1983, said Kohli is among the world’s elite batsmen who must get runs everywhere.

"Practice makes a man perfect. One has to practise those conditions," Dev told British media. "The bar which we as cricketers set for these people is that you have to be good in all conditions.

"That's what we used to say about Allan Border or Vivian Richards or Sunil Gavaskar — they were players to play any part, anywhere, any kind of conditions, they used to perform.

"Virat Kohli, the question mark is in front of him, it's there. He has to get runs where it is considered to be the toughest conditions in the world."

During India’s last Test series in England four years ago, Kohli averaged a disappointing 13.40, way below his career batting average of 53.40 from 66 tests.

Dev, who led India to a Test series victory in England in 1986, spent two seasons playing for Northamptonshire and believes a similar spell would help the 29-year-old Kohli to adapt to English pitches.

"What we're seeing, with his temperament, I think he's good enough. It all depends if he gets a good start. He has the ability," the former all-rounder added.

"If he can play a season or two in English county cricket there would be nothing wrong, because if you want to be the best player in the world you have to get runs everywhere."

Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma (Sussex) and batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (Yorkshire) are currently signed to play on the county circuit before the tour begins.

Updated Date: Mar 07, 2018 19:54:37 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
Bangladesh 5 2 2 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 5 1 3 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254