Surrey announce signing of India star Virat Kohli for the month of June

Kohli will become the latest high-profile star to spend some time at The Oval

Ed Malyon
Sports Editor
Thursday 03 May 2018 14:55
Kohli will get his first taste of county cricket
Kohli will get his first taste of county cricket

Surrey have announced that India captain Virat Kohli will be signing for them for the month of June.

Director of cricket Alec Stewart has secured the services of the superstar batsman once his duties in the IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore are complete, with the Indian cricket board (BCCI) hoping a month in the county game should help Kohli adapt to English conditions ahead of this summer's tour.

The elegant right-hander will get his first taste of county cricket at The Oval, a ground he knows well from his time on the international circuit, and will significantly strengthen the batting talent available to Michael Di Venuto.

Kohli should be available for three County Championship games during his month in south London; away at Hampshire, a home four-dayer against Somerset at Guildford and then a trip to Headingley.

The 29-year-old should play in three Royal London one-day cup games too, with Surrey scheduled to face Kent at Beckenham before a trip to Lord's and then Glamorgan's visit to The Oval.

South African Dean Elgar is currently Surrey's overseas player, while Australia's Aaron Finch has been signed up for the T20 blast competition.

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