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Why Kohli wants to play county cricket in England

December 15, 2016 14:02 IST

'If I have the opportunity to do that before the England tour (in 2018), it will be great. I have actually been thinking about it, trying to work it out and make it happen.'

Virat Kohli

IMAGE: Virat Kohli in action during the fourth Test in Mumbai. Photograph: BCCI

The forgettable tour of England two years ago still fresh in his mind, Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday said he would love to play country cricket before the team tours England in 2018.

"If I have a chance, I would love to do that. I would love to be there a month, a month and a half before the tour, get used to playing in those conditions, understand how the wickets behave in that particular time of the year," said Kohli, on the eve of the fifth and final Test against England with the series already in the bag.

"Preparation is something which is crucial for any side," he added.

Kohli has scored all around the world barring England, where he endured a tough tour two years ago, scoring just 134 runs in 10 runs, with his highest score being 39.

But since that tough tour of England in 2014, he has been virtually unstoppable and has turned into a run machine amassing runs across all formats.

Kohli said that he has been thinking about a county stint for a while.

"If I have the opportunity to do that before the England tour, it will be great. I have actually been thinking about it, trying to work it out and make it happen. So yes, I would love to play there," added the Indian Test captain.

Kohli had a forgettable tour the last time around as he was founding wanting against the outside the off-stump line employed by England pacers, especially James Anderson.

However, he made England pay this time around, lapping up 640 runs in seven innings at an average of 128, including a 235 in the last game in Mumbai, in the ongoing five-match Test series.

During the Mumbai Test, leading England pacer James Anderson had courted a controversy by saying that Indian conditions take out any possible flaws out of Kohli's game and he was not sure whether the Indian skipper was an improved batsman since 2014.

"I'm not sure he's changed. I just think any technical deficiencies he's got aren't in play out here (in India). The wickets just take that out of the equation," Anderson had said during the Mumbai Test.

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