Twitter reacts as Virat Kohli lands his maiden county stint 

Twitter reacts as Virat Kohli lands his maiden county stint 

Virat won’t be available for the historic one-off Test against Afghanistan, which will be played out in Bangalore.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

In an exciting revelation in the world of cricket, India skipper Virat Kohli has signed a one-month deal with English county side Surrey ahead of India’s tour to England. The India captain is set to feature in both the Royal London One Day Cup and the County Championship next month. Kohli is available to make his Surrey debut against Kent at Beckenham in the One-Day Cup on 1 June, before rounding off his stint in a four-day fixture at Scarborough against Yorkshire.

If Surrey qualifies from the group stage of the One-Day Cup, Kohli could play in the quarter-finals and potentially semi-finals in mid-June. The final of the competition is on 30 June, although Surrey has only confirmed he will play up to the Championship match against the Tykes. However, this sensational coup implies that Virat won’t be available for the historic one-off Test against Afghanistan, which will be played out in Bangalore.

After the confirmation of the deal, an upbeat Virat Kohli was quoted saying, “It has long been an ambition of mine to play county cricket and I am thankful to Alec Stewart and Surrey for allowing me the opportunity to join them during their 2018 season. I can’t wait to get to the Kia Oval.”

The 29-year-old will be joining the likes of other Indians-Ishant Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Varun Aaron who are already plying their trade in England for different franchises. With Virat coming in, it will be really interesting to see the performance of these players in the upcoming England tour.

It should also be noted that Kohli had a poor outing against England in the 2014 tour where he scored just 134 runs in 5 tests at an average of 13.4.This series raised eyebrows regarding his selection in the longer format of the game. And Kohli will be hoping a stint with Surrey stands him in good stead to inspire the tourists in a five-match series, which starts on August 1.

Soon after the news was disclosed, cricketers and pundits across the social media looked ecstatic with the signing. This is how Twitter reacted for Kohli’s maiden County stint

You can see the reactions below