In 2014 he had a disastrous tour managing just 134 runs in 10 innings at an average of 13.40 with a highest score of 39.
Reports on Saturday suggested a deal has already been struck, with the Indian captain expected to miss the one-off Test with Afghanistan in Bangalore on 20 June and a Twenty20 series with Ireland in order to tune up for English conditions. Kohli and the team management are aware that runs from the skipper are key to the team's fortunes in the series in which India will play five Tests.
Former Surrey and England batsman Graham Thorpe made it clear he would not be surprised to hear Kohli could yet be on the wish-list at The Oval - where his ex-club and country team-mate Alec Stewart is director of cricket. "There were talks with Surrey and Essex", a senior BCCI official told PTI today.
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While Indian cricketers are not new to County Cricket, Kohli only be the second Indian global after Pragyan Ojha to play for Surrey. I wouldnt like to add anything more to it.
The reports also claim that Virat will play for Surrey between June 9 and June 28 against Hampshire, Somerset and Yorkshire.
The five-Test series that starts at Edgbaston on 1 August is what sits firmly in Kohli's sights, of course, with success against the red Duke ball in England the one glaring gap his otherwise stellar cricketing CV. Skipper Virat Kohli is not the only Indian cricketer looking to better his Test performance. As per sources, India skipper will also miss the last test against Afghanistan as he is now eyeing on the preparations for the England tour. The BCCI has allowed him to fully focus on the England Test series along with Cheteshwar Pujara (Yorkshire), Ravichandran Ashwin (Warwickshire) and Ishant Sharma (Sussex).