Sneak Peek at pitches: Virat Kohli set to head to England

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Published: December 15, 2016 4:29:48 PM

Indian skipper and ace batsman Virat Kohli commenting on his previous average performances on England grounds, has said that he is trying to plan out and play some country cricket before India's tour of England in 2018.

Virat Kohli, Indian Cricket Team, England Cricket Team, India tour of England, Ind Eng Test Series, Batsman, Kohli, Test Cricket, Cricket NewsIndian skipper and ace batsman Virat Kohli commenting on his previous average performances on England grounds, has said that he is trying to plan out and play some country cricket before India’s tour of England in 2018. (Source: PTI)

Indian skipper and ace batsman Virat Kohli commenting on his previous average performances on England grounds, has said that he is trying to plan out and play some country cricket before India’s tour of England in 2018 for a Test series. By his standards, Kohli has terrible record in England! The skipper thinks that playing country cricket ahead of the 2018 series will surely help him understand the conditions there. Before the fifth match of the ongoing India vs England test series, Kohli told The Indian Express that if given a chance, he would love to be there for a month or a month-and-a-half before the tour. He further said that it will help him get used to playing conditions and understand how the wickets behave in that phase of the year.

Out of the 10 matches he has played during India’s tour of England in 2014, Kohli managed to score only 138 runs with an average of 13.8 per match. He was definitely one of the biggest disappointments for Team India because his promise and potential were immense. The biggest roadblock was outside the off-stump deliveries by English bowlers.

But unlike the above, Kohli has been doing exceptionally well in matches against England in India. He has scored 824 runs in 14 innings he has played so far and is aggressively looking to add more to it in fifth and the final test match. While addressing the media, Kohli said that they will come to field with the same intensity and fierce determination, as they are looking for a 5-0 clean swipe in the series.

Also commenting on the fifth test match which is to be played on December 16, Kohli said that they take every match one game at a time. Every game is separate from the other. Every game they have the same intensity no matter if the series is won, lost or drawn. He also praised his tail-end batsmen, especially the spinners and said that runs from his bowlers give him the freedom to play only five batsmen.

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