Surrey land 'biggest name in world cricket' with sensational Kohli coup
India superstar Virat Kohli has agreed a deal to spend June playing for Surrey, who have pulled off a sensational coup by signing a player they regard as the biggest name in world cricket.
The India captain is set to feature in both the Royal London One Day Cup and the County Championship next month.
Kohli will miss India's one-off Test against Afghanistan and a Twenty20 clash with Ireland to get his first experience of county cricket ahead of facing England in all three formats.
He is second in the ICC rankings for Test batsmen and is top of governing body's ODI standings, however, Kohli endured a dismal first Test series in England four years ago, averaging 13.4 across 10 innings.
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.
"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." said Kohli.
Surrey director of cricket Stewart believes the signing of Kohli is not only a massive boost for his side, but also for domestic cricket in general.
"We are thrilled to have signed the biggest name in world cricket for the month of June." said the former England captain.
"Playing and training alongside Virat will be a massive benefit for our players who will have the opportunity to learn so much from him.
"At a time when there is much discussion around the future of county cricket, the arrival of Virat should give our domestic game a massive boost and positive exposure around the cricketing world which in turn can benefit every county."
13.4 - Virat Kohli averaged 13.4 across his 10 innings during his only previous Test tour of England (2014). Homework. pic.twitter.com/ks1kOM03jf-- OptaJim (@OptaJim) May 3, 2018