Injured batsman Usman Khawaja hopes to face India in the first Test of the home summer by squeezing in a Sheffield Shield match to prove his fitness.
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Indian captain Virat Kohli has been ruled out of a county stint with Surrey owing to an injury.
Virat was set to play three four day matches against Hampshire, Yorkshire and Somerset and then set to feature in one-day cup matches against Glamorgan, Kent and Middlesex.
Surrey cricket no doubt rejoiced when Kohli signed the contract to play for them as it not only gave their team the heavyweight of the cricket but was important for the development of the club cricketer who would have benefited picking up his brain in the dressing room.
With Virat missing one-off test against Afghanistan, few voices did complain about him not giving the respect to the opposition. But with an aim to better his record in England in Tests where he averaged 13.40 last tour, compared to his overall record of 53.40. Kohli seemed determined to correct the biggest blot of his cricketing career. But a back injury not just threatened his county stint but it looks like he could miss the start of Ireland and limited over tours in case he doesn’t get fit in time.
Kohli playing county cricket would no doubt given him the edge before the tour but now with rehabilitation for the injury. No doubt Virat will be bit rusty and therein lies the chance for England to exploit him.
Can England unruffle Virat and make his comeback uncomfortable? It remains to be seen. But one thing is for sure, English cricketers will be rejoicing among themselves as they could still play the mind games and try to exploit the chinks in his armour as they did back in 2014.