Michael Hussey feels playing County cricket would’ve helped Virat Kohli
He sustained a neck injury during the IPL and was ruled out of a month-long County stint.
Updated - Jul 29, 2018 1:19 pm
Virat Kohli seems to be at the focus as the Test series between India and England is set to begin. He struggled during their previous visit to the country in 2014 and is being tipped to better his record in the upcoming contest. He had planned to play in the County Championship in a bid to prepare well but got injured during the IPL and was ruled out. However, Michael Hussey feels that the County stint would’ve benefitted the Indian captain but has still backed him to do well in the series.
Kohli was set to play a few County and One-Day matches for Surrey in the month of June for which he was also ready to miss the historic Test against Afghanistan. But he sustained a neck injury during the IPL and had to pass the fitness test to make himself available for the UK tour.
It’s just a shame
Michael Hussey was disappointed that Virat Kohli wasn’t able to travel England early to play in the County which would’ve worked wonders for him. “It’s just a shame he picked up that injury and couldn’t go early to play county. It would have helped him a lot,” he said while speaking to the Times of India.
However, the 43-year-old had no doubts about him playing well in the five-match series and believed that it all depends on the start he gets in the series opener. If he starts confidently in the first Test then England might have to chase the leather according to Hussey.
“I am sure Virat would have learnt a lot from the 2014 Test series and that experience will help him now. He is going to be very determined like always. How he starts is going to be the key. If he gets his confidence up and spends some time at the crease, it will give him momentum. Once he gets his confidence, he will be hard to stop,” the former Australian cricketer added.