Sourav Ganguly 'happy' that India captain Virat Kohli did not play county cricket ahead of England series

Sudhir Gupta 24/06/2018
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Personal accolade: Virat Kohli

Sourav Ganguly is happy that Virat Kohli decided not to play county ahead of India’s series against England.

Kohli had been due to play for Surrey in six matches in June before a neck injury ruled him out. The 29-year-old has since recovered and will lead India in all three formats against England this summer.

The last time Kohli toured England with India in 2014, he averaged just 13.40 in five Tests with a top-score of 39. Former India skipper Ganguly believes Kohli’s desire not to repeat that form made him panic to sign up for county cricket.

“Kohli is a fantastic player. He will do well this time. I am happy that he did not play county cricket before the England series. I think he was eager to play county (ahead of the series) because he was panicky after not having a good tour last time around. He is too good a player to miss out this time,” Ganguly told Press Trust of India.

India arrived in London on Saturday and will now travel to Ireland for a two-match T20 series next week. India will then travel to England for three T20 clashes against Eoin Morgan’s side beginning July 7 before three ODIs five days later.

On August 1, the two nations will meet in the first of five Tests with the series ending in early September.

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Kohli was not happy with the response his Twitter post received.

India superstar Virat Kohli is currently looking to get back to full fitness from a neck injury but that hasn’t stopped him from being vocal about social issues in the country.

The India skipper has previously talked about the importance of being active and fit following a rise obesity levels in India. This time, Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma have done their bit by trying to raise awareness about cleanliness.

On Saturday, Kohli posted a video on twitter which showed the India star’s wife admonishing passengers in another car at a traffic stop. In the video, Anushka can be seen pulling up the passengers for littering.

“Saw these people throwing garbage on the road & pulled them up rightfully. Travelling in a luxury car and brains gone for a toss. These people will keep our country clean? Yeah right! If you see something wrong happening like this, do the same & spread awareness,” Kohli wrote in his post.

Soon, the batting maestro’s post went viral with many supporting the couple for their move.

However, Kohli was unhappy at some of the comments which his post received.

“A lot of people who don’t have the courage to do something like this find it funny. Everything for people nowadays is meme content. Shame,” Kohli wrote in his second post.

The right-handed batsman on Friday appeared at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for a fitness test along with MS Dhoni. Both stalwarts reportedly passed the fitness test though doubts remain over Kohli’s neck injury.

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Virat Kohli takes fitness test in Bengaluru but concerns remain over neck injury

Sudhir Gupta 15/06/2018
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Virat Kohli took the fitness test with MS Dhoni.

India captain Virat Kohli took a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru on Friday, and did not look 100 per cent after completing the test according to some reports.

Kohli had earlier been ruled out of a county stint with Surrey after suffering a neck injury in the IPL. He took the fitness test in Bengaluru, as the Afghanistan match was going on at the adjoining M Chinnaswamy Stadium, in the company of MS Dhoni.

According to news agency PTI, Kohli took the Yo-Yo fitness Test test with Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kedar Jadhav in the presence of trainer Shankar Basu and other members of the support staff.

Kohli’s test scores, which must be more than 16.1 to be allowed to play for India, were not revealed. PTI and Wisden India reported Kohli looked fine  during the test but was seen in some sort of discomfort afterwards, rubbing his shoulder and neck.

Kohli’s neck injury is serious enough to keep him out of action for a long time if it doesn’t heal properly. The Indian management will not want to take a chance on his fitness as the tour of England approaches because there is the tour of Australia later in the year followed by the World Cup in England in 2019.

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