Kapil Dev urges Virat Kohli to play county cricket

Kohli averaged 13.40 in his last tour to England in 2014.

Kohli had a forgetful tour of England in 2014. ( Getty)

Virat Kohli has been in the form of his life off late. Runs in Test matches, runs in ODIs, runs in T20Is he has developed his all-round game big time since the time he has been leading Team India. 

However, former Indian legendary skipper Kapil Dev has a piece of advice for the Indian run machine. Before India's next tour to England in August, the former Indian skipper has urged the current Indian skipper to play some county cricket before the Test series gets underway. 

During their last series in 2014, Kohli, currently, the second best five-day batsman in the ICC rankings, failed to register a half-century or a ton and averaged a paltry 13.40, way below his current average of 53.40.

The advice from one of Kohli's predecessors as India captain is that a stint on the county circuit may be beneficial in adapting to English conditions.

"If he can get it and if he can keep on playing there, I think it always helps," said Dev, who was speaking in his role as an ambassador for Laureus.

The former Indian skipper further went on to say "What we're seeing, with his temperament, I think he's good enough (to score runs in England). It all depends if he gets a good start. He has the ability."

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

"With so many players, we are seeing they are outstanding outside India or Pakistan, (but) when they come to the subcontinent, they don't get runs. Maybe they are playing on a fast, bouncy track and when it comes to a turning track they are not good enough.

"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."

Currently, Virat Kohli has been rested for the Nidahas T20I Tri series featuring Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as well. Rohit Sharma is leading the team in the absence of Kohli as India has got off to a losing start in the campaign. 

By Anshuman Roy - 07 Mar, 2018

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