Would Rather Prefer To Have Someone (In RCB) Who Lasts The Full IPL: Virat Kohli
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has admitted that he would prefer a player who can be available for the entire IPL season than a player who will be available only in the beginning phase of the cash rich T20 league.
The 28-year old has participated in the media press conference ahead of the first T20I against England at Kanpur which will be played on January 26 (Thursday).
One of the reporters has questioned the Indian skipper about the chance of having more English players in the Indian Premier League this season as the series proves to be a perfect platform to showcase their skills ahead of IPL auction which will take place in the first week of February.
Ben Stokes is one of the major English names that is making rounds as the 25-year old has been in prolific form for England in the recently concluded ODI series. There are also few other English players who are hopeful of making the cut in the upcoming auction.
When quizzed about English talent in the upcoming auction, Virat Kohli has admitted there is plenty of talent in the England team for the T20s but the skipper then revealed that he wouldn’t choose them as they will not be available for the entire IPL.
Kohli went on to elaborate his point as he insisted that taking players who will not play the full IPL season will disturb the balance of the team in the crucial phases of the tournament, England are set to play hosts for Ireland in the first week of May in a two match ODI series and most of the English players are expected to go back to national duty.
Indian Premier League will begin in the first week of April this year as the final is expected to be played on May 21 in Hyderabad.
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