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Virat Kohli To Play Under English Batsman Rory Burns' Captaincy At Surrey

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| May 20 , 2018 , 19:33 IST

Indian skipper Virat Kohli is all set to play his maiden County stint with county side Surrey to hone his skills before the all-important England Tour this July. He will be joining the team after the culmination of Indian Premier League 2018 on May 27.

During the county stint, the Indian captain will be seen playing under the captaincy of Rory Burns. Virat Kohli is the sixth Indian player to represent Surrey in the English county and will miss the one-off Test against Afghanistan, scheduled to be held in Bengaluru on June 14.

The 27-year-old English cricketer has played 96 first-class matches, scoring 6548 runs at an average of 48.43. The left-handed batsman Burns has 12 centuries and 35 fifties credited to his name and has also represented Surrey in 42 List A matches where he has scored 1271 runs at an average of 36.31.

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As per the schedule, India will kick off the England tour with three T20Is, followed by three ODIs and five-match Test series. Before the start of England tour, India will play two T20Is against Ireland on June 27 and 29. Kohli will become the fourth Test eligible Indian player in county cricket this year.

The India skipper will be the sixth Indian player to represent Surrey in the English county. Zaheer Khan was the first Indian player to make an appearance for Surrey in 2004 followed by Harbhajan Singh (2005 and 2007), Anil Kumble (2006), Pragyan Ojha (2011) and Murali Karthik (2012).

Since his Test debut in 2011, Kohli has scored 5554 Test runs at an average of 53.40. He also has 9588 ODI runs under his belt at an average of 58.10. Virat Kohli is currently leading Royal Challengers Bangalore in the ongoing IPL and has kept the team's playoff dreams alive despite the initial failures.