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Virat Kohli to play for Surrey

Team India captain signs up with Surrey County Cricket Club for the month of June
Indian Captain Virat Kohli during the Indian Nets session and Press conference ahead of the third Sunfoil Test match between South Africa and India held at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 23rd January 2018

Photo by: Shaun Roy / BCCI / SPORTZPICS

Team India captain Virat Kohli will represent Surrey this June, ahead of India’s tour of England.

The 29-year-old will become the fourth Test eligible Indian player in county cricket this year with fellow batsman Cheteshwar Pujara currently at Yorkshire and seamers Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron plying their trade at Sussex and Leicestershire respectively. Later, all rounder Axar Patel will also be joining Durham County Cricket Club for their County Championship fixtures.

Virat, who won the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC World Cricketer of the Year in 2017, averages more than 50 in all three formats of the international game.

“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 Virat.

Alec Stewart, Surrey’s Director of Cricket, added: “We are thrilled to have signed the biggest name in world cricket for the month of June.

“Playing and training alongside Virat will be a massive benefit for our players who will have the opportunity to learn so much from him.”


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India consolidate their No. 1 position

The top-ranked Test side have stretched their lead over second-placed South Africa by 13 points

India continue to sit atop the tree in the ICC Test rankings following the latest update on Tuesday 1 May, with South Africa at No.2 and Australia at No.3.

With the results from 2014-15 being removed from the equation and those from 2015-16 and 2016-17 being weighted at 50 per cent, India have actually stretched their lead over South Africa from four to 13 points.

For India, who played four Tests in the 2014-15 season – losing 2-0 in Australia – and had earlier lost the five-Test tour of England 3-1 in the summer of 2014, the move up was expected following an excellent run since, highlighted by the 10 wins in 13 Tests in the 2016-17 season.

England, who have gained a point, Sri Lanka, who have lost one, and Pakistan, down by two points, fill the positions between New Zealand and Bangladesh, with Zimbabwe propping up the table with two points – up by one – in the latest update.

By the time the next annual update comes in, Afghanistan and Ireland will have joined the existing 10 teams to make a it a 12-team table.

Click here to check the ICC Test rankings. 


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