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Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Ravichandran Ashwin’s Absence In The 1st Test Was Felt: VVS Laxman

Ravichandran Ashwin has scalped 413 wickets in the 79 Tests he has played for India, at an excellent average of 24.56. The off-spinner was the second-highest wicket-taker for India and fourth overall, in the four-match Test series in Australia in 2020/21.

He claimed 12 wickets in 3 Tests, including one four-wicket haul. In the four-match home series against England 2021, he was the highest wicket-taker. He signed off the series with 32 scalps in 4 Tests, including 3 five-wicket hauls. Ravindra Jadeja’s current batting form helped him get a spot in the playing XI ahead of his spin partner, the 34-year-old off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, as felt by many experts.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP

Ravichandran Ashwin’s Absence In The 1st Test Was Felt As He Could Have Created More Chances On The Flat Wicket: VVS Laxman

India’s line-up for the first Test against England caused instant debate with the exclusion of India’s ace spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin.  While in hindsight it might seem like the decision worked out as planned for the visitors, the absence of a match-winner like Ravichandran Ashwin could be felt at certain stages.

With Joe Root in full flow en route his ton in the 2nd innings with some support from his compatriots, mainly in a solid stand with Dom Sibley, India looked a bit out of sorts and clueless in the middle overs.

VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman

With England’s troubles against spin bowling, India’s ace Ravichandran Ashwin could have provided vital timely breakthroughs on a day when the sun was beating down at Trent Bridge. On ESPN’s Cricinfo show Matchday Live, VVS Laxman was vocal about backing Ravichandran Ashwin’s skills against this England line-up, despite the weather conditions.

“Coming back to Ashwin’s selection, I just feel like going forward, even though there is forecast for rain, I would always back a match-winner like Ashwin to create an impression and to be inventive, provide some penetration and to be amongst wickets.

“What India require is four attacking, wicket-taking bowling options, and then Jadeja can be your fifth bowling option, who can restrict the flow of runs,” said Laxman.

“As the match progressed, we could see the wicket became flat and there was a little bit of turn for Jadeja. If Ashwin would have been there, he would have created more chances and it would have been a different story in the middle overs.”

Indian team suffered an 8 wicket defeat in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand last month. Ravichandran Ashwin, though, was the tournament’s highest wicket-taker with 71 wickets from 14 Tests at 20.33. India’s Test series against England started at Trent Bridge on August 4, but he wasn’t in XI.

Ravichandran Ashwin Shines In A County Game For Surrey Against Somerset

While the Indian team was on a much-needed break in the UK before the series got underway, Ravichandran Ashwin got his preparations underway as he played a county game for Surrey.  In the match against Somerset on a dustbowl of a surface at The KIA Oval, Ravichandran Ashwin ran riot in the second innings to skittle Somerset out for a measly 69 and claimed figures of 6 for 27 in 15 overs.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

The fourth Test between India and England is scheduled to take place at the same venue and Ravichandran Ashwin will be eager to unleash on the England batsmen after a pleasant recent experience at the same venue.

Bowling the first over, Ravichandran Ashwin became the first spinner in 11 years to bowl the first over in a County Championship match, since August 2010. In his first over, he gave away just 2 runs as he bowled to Somerset openers, Devon Conway and Steve Davies. He also managed to pick a wicket in the match in the 40th over in the 1st innings, as he dismissed Tom Lammonby for 42.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Ravichandran Ashwin May Play For Surrey Against Somerset Ahead Of India’s Five-Match Test Series Against England

Ravichandran Ashwin may play a County Championship match for Surrey ahead of India’s five-match Test series against hosts England, which starts on 4th August. The Indian off-spinner’s chances of representing Surrey depend on the timely arrival of his work visa, which is a mandatory requirement to play county cricket.

Ravichandran Ashwin is expected to play in county side Surrey’s next match against Somerset at The Oval, starting July 11. The spinner has previously represented Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire in county cricket.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ravichandran Ashwin Was Inaugural World Test Championship’s Highest Wicket Taker With 71 Scalps

Indian team is currently on a break after their 8 wicket defeat in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand last month. Ravichandran Ashwin, though, was the tournament’s highest wicket-taker with 71 wickets from 14 Tests at 20.33. India’s Test series against England starts at Trent Bridge on August 4.

India hasn’t played enough games in their recent overseas tours. However, skipper Virat Kohli has made it clear that the side is keen on playing practice matches. Although India has requested practice matches, nothing has been scheduled yet officially. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is likely to organize a tour game for the visiting Indian team later this month. It will be a three-day game with Select County XI from July 20 to 22.

Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP
Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP

Ravichandran Ashwin’s outing at the venue of the Test series will, therefore, be beneficial from India’s point of view. Surrey has Hashim Amla and Kyle Jamieson as their overseas players, with the latter in doubt for the next fixture due to an injury. Kyle Jamieson, incidentally, was Man of the Match for picking 7 wickets including a five-wicket haul in the WTC Final.

Ravichandran Ashwin has an old connection with Trent Bridge. In the 2019 County Championship, he turned up for Nottinghamshire. Though he played just five first-class matches, Ravichandran Ashwin left an impression. He was the side’s most impressive bowler with 34 wickets at 24.58. He also topped the batting average charts for the county side by slamming two fifties and finishing with 339 runs at 37.66.

Shubman Gill Ruled Out For 8 Weeks And Ishant Sharma Injured But Is Expected To Recover In Time For England Tests

Meanwhile, India opener Shubman Gill has been ruled out for eight weeks after he suffered a shin injury post the final encounter at Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Incidentally, pacer Ishant Sharma had suffered an injury to his bowling hand while stopping a ball during the WTC final at the Ageas Bowl and had to get three stitches. But the pacer is set to be fit in time for the England Tests.
Ishant Sharma celebrates after dismissing Devon Conway [Image-Twitter]
Ishant Sharma celebrates after dismissing Devon Conway [Image-Twitter]
Indian team management’s request to selectors for sending openers Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal to join the Test squad in England has been declined. The request was made after opener Shubman Gill’s injury surfaced following the completion of the World Test Championship (WTC) versus New Zealand in Southampton.The England board is launching The Hundred on July 21, and as a result, most England and county players are expected to be busy with the new white-ball tournament with their respective franchises. The need for the warm-up game was felt by the Indian team management after the World Test Championship (WTC) final, which they had lost to New Zealand last month. India had played only an intra-squad practice game before the marquee final.

India’s squad for England series: Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), KL Rahul (wk), Shubman Gill (injured and likely to be replaced), Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav.

Schedule for India’s tour of England

– 1st Test: Nottingham, August 4-8

– 2nd Test: Lord’s, August 12-16

– 3rd Test: Leeds, August 25-29

– 4th Test: The Oval, September 2-6

– 5th Test: Old Trafford, September 10-14

Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP
Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP
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Kyle Jamieson Escaped To The Bathroom To Avoid Watching Tense WTC Final On Reserve 6th Day

Kyle Jamieson, the New Zealand pacer admits that he was so nervous during the final moments of the World Test Championship final against India that he had to hide in the bathroom while his teammates batted.

Kyle Jamieson produced a man-of-the-match performance claiming 5 wickets in the first and 2 in the second innings to help New Zealand claim the World Test Championship over India last week, taking seven wickets at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

Kyle Jamieson, AFP
Kyle Jamieson, AFP

Kyle Jamieson Escaped To The Bathroom To Avoid Watching Tense Final 6th Day When New Zealand Batted

While he was ruthless on the field, Kyle Jamieson says he had to, at times, retreat to the bathroom to escape the “nerve-racking” final day as his teammates batsmen Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor brought it home with the bat.

“It was probably the toughest period of cricket I’ve been a part of, in terms of watching,” Jamieson told Country Sports Breakfast on Gold AM.

“We were sitting inside and actually watching on TV. There was a bit of a delay but it seemed like every ball the Indian crowd was up and about and I was like ‘jeez it’s a wicket’ or something like that, but it turned out it was just a block or a single. It was pretty tough to watch. I actually tried to at times to go to the bathroom where there was no noise to just get away from it for a while because it was quite nerve-racking. But it was nice to have Kane and Ross out there, two of our greatest ever batters really to calm the nerves and finish the job the way they did.”

Ross Taylor in action against India on Day 6 of the WTC final (Twitter/BlackCaps)
Ross Taylor in action against India on Day 6 of the WTC final (Twitter/BlackCaps)
Ross Taylor hit the final runs to secure an eight-wicket victory in one of New Zealand cricket’s most famous wins, as it wasn’t too long until celebration time.

“It was good. Nothing too crazy,” Jamieson said about the post-game celebrations. “We just spent time in the changing room and back in the team room. Obviously with the whole Covid situation, there wasn’t a whole lot of getting out and about.

“It was just nice, to be fair, to spend time together and enjoy the time together after a couple of years of hard work and a long tour as well. Just to sit back and enjoy each other’s company was quite nice.”

The architects of New Zealand’s victory were Kane Williamson(49 and 52*), Kyle Jamieson (5/31 in the 1st innings), and Tim Southee (4/48 in the 2nd innings). New Zealand was so disciplined with the ball throughout the match that they didn’t let an Indian batsman score a fifty in the entire Test.

Kyle Jamieson Back On The Field Playing T20 For Surrey Within 48 Hours

Kyle Jamieson was back on the plane to London shortly after the brief celebrations for winning the final to join the English county side, Surrey. He says he was back on the field playing Twenty20 as early as within 48 hours of the WTC final.

“It was certainly tough to say goodbye to those guys. Coming off a high of what we just experienced and that moment we all enjoyed together, to go and say goodbye was quite tough. It was a quick turnaround. I think within 48 hours I was back on the park playing T20 for Surrey. It’s kind of the life we live a little bit. But it’s nice to stay on and to experience county cricket for the next few weeks.”

WTC final: Pleasing to dismiss Virat Kohli, he's 'world-class' batter, says Kyle Jamieson | Photo Credit: AP
WTC final: Pleasing to dismiss Virat Kohli, he’s ‘world-class’ batter, says Kyle Jamieson | Photo Credit: AP

Kyle Jamieson admitted that the time spent away from home hasn’t always been easy, but he was thankful to be able to continue playing and developing as a player in multiple forms of the game.

“Yeah I am a little bit,” he said when asked if he was missing home. “It’s been about three months and will be about just over four months by the time I get out of MIQ. It’s been a long time and I’ve certainly loved my time at home. So it’s been tough at times but I guess it’s been the environment we’re in. Look, I’m pretty fortunate to be able to still have our jobs and to be able to go around the world and work. I’m pretty grateful for that but I’m looking forward to getting home in a few weeks’ time.”

Kyle Jamieson has had a terrific start to his Test career so far. In just 8 Tests, he has picked up 46 wickets at a scary average of just 14.17 with the ball and also boasts of an impressive average of 42.66 with the bat.

Hashim Amla, Surrey
Hashim Amla (Image Credit: Google)
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Hashim Amla Signs Kolpak Deal For Surrey

The 36-year-old former South African great batsman Hashim Amla is the new Proteas player to sign the Kolpak deal. He has signed the Kolpak deal for the English County cricket club Surrey for the next two seasons.

Just a few weeks ago, it was the speculation that Hashim Amla was going to sign the Kolpak Deal for Surrey. On Tuesday (29th October), Surrey has confirmed this news. This deal will run till 2021 English season.

After playing the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Hashim Amla announced his international cricket retirement last August. While South Africa struggled n that tournament (seventh position), Amla scored 203 runs in seven innings with an average of 40.60. The right-handed batsman hit two half-centuries in that tournament, including the best knock of 80 not out.

Hashim Amla, Surrey
Hashim Amla (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Earlier, Hashim Amla played for Surrey in 2013. In that County Championship season, Amla scored 545 runs in 10 innings with an average of 54.50. He hit one century (151) and four half-centuries in that tournament.

I am very excited to be joining Surrey – Hashim Amla

Former Proteas fast bowler Morne Morkel is already in the Surrey squad as the Kolpak registration player. Now, Amla has joined this squad. Amla is excited to serve in Surrey alongside his friend Morne Morkel.

Hashim Amla said, “Surrey are one of the most established and accomplished cricket clubs in the world and I am very excited to be joining them again while also not forgetting the opportunity to play alongside my good friend Morne Morkel again.”

In his English County cricket career, Hashim Amla has already played for Essex, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Hampshire, along with Surrey.

Hashim Amla played the international cricket from November 2004 to June 2019. He played 124 Tests, 181 ODIs and 44 T20Is where he scored 9,282 runs (average 46.64), 8,113 runs (average 49.46) and 1,277 runs (average 33.60). In his international career, Amla also played for ICC World XI.

Hashim Amla, Surrey
Hashim Amla (Image Credit: Reuters)

Amla is the second-most Test run-scorer and third most international run-scorer for South Africa. He is the only triple-centurion for South Africa in Test cricket history.

Alec Stewart, the director of cricket of Surrey, is feeling very happy with this big signing.

Stewart claimed, “His record speaks for itself and we know from his previous spells here that he will be an excellent resource for all of our players to learn from both on and off the field. With several of our players now in or around the international setup, the opportunity to bring Hashim back to Surrey was too good to ignore.”

Arjun Tendulkar, MCC, NJ Tilley
Photo Credit: AFP.
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Watch – MCC Young Cricketers’ Arjun Tendulkar Bowls a Jaffa to Surrey Batsman NJ Tilley

In the Second XI Championship game of the South Group, the left-arm fast bowler Arjun Tendulkar has left an early mark while representing MCC Young Cricketers while taking on Surrey 2nd XI in the three-day competition at the High Wycombe Cricket Club.

Sachin Tendulkar‘s son, Arjun, has improved leaps and bounds and has set his base in England to work on his cricketing skills. The exciting all-rounder also has the knack of attempting searing yorkers in the nets, and he has equally been successful in his practice bouts.

In 2017, Arjun bowled a toe-crushing yorker to England batsman Jonny Bairstow. Thus, it had eventually become viral.

The 19-year-old youngster, who represents famous Marylebone Cricket Club‘s junior team, has represented India Under-19 team in July 2018 against Sri Lanka Under-19. However, the youngster had bowled decently in the youth Test.

How Arjun Tendulkar got NJ Tilley?

Arjun Tendulkar
Arjun Tendulkar.

Arjun, who has the knack of striking early on, did his best to remove Surrey’s young opener NJ Tilley. With his smooth run-up, Arjun came wide from the crease only to see hitting Tilley’s off stump.

Well, Tilley had no clue whatsoever who eventually got cramped in his crease in a bid to defend the ball.

Tilley, who plays with a high backlift, couldn’t manage to get down his bat on time, as the quickish delivery did the rest of work. Thus, Arjun without expressing himself too much like his father maintained

Earlier, Surrey skipper FOE van den Bergh won the toss and decided to bat first on a decent 22-yard surface.

While writing this report, Surrey 2nd XI managed to post 220 for three in 45 overs.

In his first spell, Arjun has bowled eight overs which included two maidens. He conceded 33 runs at an average of 4.13. Unfortunately, the lanky pacer Arjun has struggled while overstepping on four occasions.

Also, RS Patel has struggled against Arjun in the early phase of Surrey’s innings.

Relish: Here’s the Jaffa from Arjun Tendulkar to NJ Tilley:

Imran Tahir, South Africa
Imran Tahir (Image Credit: Getty Images)
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Imran Tahir Signs A Deal With Surrey For T20 Vitality Blast

After having an incredible tournament in the Indian Premier League 2019, Imran Tahir signs a deal for Surrey in order to play in the upcoming Vitality T20 Blast. He has signed for Surrey for the entirety of this year’s Vitality Blast.

He will be available for the whole Blast campaign which begins against Essex on July 19 and involves 14 group matches. It remains to be seen whether he will be available if Surrey makes it through to the knock-out stages.

The flamboyant cricketer had a stellar season for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League 2019. He flew back home with a purple cap, as he was the leading wicket-taker of the tournament. Now, he would like to make full use of the dry pitches in England.

Imran Tahir

It was an easy decision to join Surrey – Imran Tahir

Imran Tahir will be a second overseas player to sign a contract after the joining of Aaron Finch in the team. Finch will be travelling to Surrey for the Fourth consecutive year, where he opens the innings alongside Jason Roy to become the destructive opening pair of the tournament.

Speaking of the signing, Imran Tahir quoted that he is pretty happy to join the club, which got talented players in their kitty. Further, he went on to add saying that he would love to deliver the goods for the team and make them see on the right side of things.

Imran Tahir, Surrey
Photo Credit : Getty Images.

“I’m always looking for new and exciting opportunities. That’s how I see the chance to play with one of the most talented playing groups in county cricket. When I heard Alec Stewart had asked after me, it was an easy decision. Surrey is a massive club and it will be great if I can contribute to helping them win another trophy this summer at the Kia Oval.”

Currently, Imran Tahir is having rest time, as he just came back home after the hectic Indian Premier League season. Now, he would join the national team in order to play for South Africa in the ICC World Cup 2019.

Imran Tahir will hang his boots from the ODI format after the conclusion of the grand event. After the conclusion, Tahir wants to continue as long as possible in the shorter version of the game.

Will Jacks (Credits: Getty)
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Watch: England’s Will Jacks Hammers 25-ball Century

At a time when the fans are desperately waiting to see their favourite stars setting the stage on fire in the Indian Premier League, former England U-19 player Will Jacks has hogged the limelight by smashing a stunning 25-ball hundred during a pre-season T10 match for Surrey against Lancashire in Dubai. Jacks hit the hapless Lancashire bowlers all around the park during his whirlwind knock.

During the course of his stunning knock, he also smashed six sixes in an over with Stephen Parry being at the receiving end while bowling the fifth over of the innings.  As a result of those sixes, Jacks raced away to 98 from 62 in a span of six deliveries and got to his hundred in the following over.

The 20-year old had the chance to reach his century in less than 25 balls as he had reached 98 in just 22 balls. However, he faced a couple of dot balls against Croft before hitting a sweet cover-drive to complete a sensational ton.

Watch: England's Will Jacks Hammers 25-ball Century 1
Will Jacks (Credits: Getty)

Jack’s onslaught eventually ended in the ninth over for 105 off 30 balls. His knock, nonetheless, helped Surrey score a mammoth 176 for 3 in the allotted 10 overs.

In reply, Lancashire started brightly. They raced away to 48 in just three overs. However, the mammoth asking run-rate finally got the better of them. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for 81 in just 9.3 overs as Surrey clinched a 95-run win.

Here is a video showing the game and Will Jacks’ stunning ton:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DNxkURbfUc

Meanwhile, the record for fastest century in T20 cricket belongs to Chris Gayle. The West Indies star had scored his hundred in just 30 balls during his epic 175-run knock against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League in 2013. AB de Villiers holds the record for fastest ODI hundred for reaching the feat in 31 balls against West Indies in 2015.

 

Morne Morkel, Surrey
Morne Morkel (Image Credit: Getty Images)
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Morne Morkel Extends His Contract With Surrey

The former South African pacer Morne Morkel has signed a new deal with his present County cricket team Surrey County Cricket Club. This new contract will run until the 2020 English domestic season.

After retiring from the international cricket in 2018, Morne Morkel signed the Kolpak deal. As a Kolpak registered player, he returned to the County cricket by signing a two-year contract for Surrey.

In the last English County Championship season, Morne Morkel had a huge impactful year for his team. The right-arm pacer bagged 59 wickets in ten matches with an average of 14.32. While Surrey won their 19th outright Championship title, Morne Morkel finished the tournament as the second most wicket-taker. In the entire competition, he claimed the five-wicket haul four times, including his best bowling figures 6/57.

Top performances helped Morne Morkel to earn the extended deal

Morne Morkel, Surrey
Morne Morkel (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Of course, there was no surprise that the County Club had offered him the contract extension. Though he still had one year left according to the earlier contract, the new deal will make him available for Surrey till the 2020 summer.

The County Club is very happy for this contract extension. Surrey CCC’s Director of Cricket, Alec Stewart didn’t hide their delight on this contract extension.

Alec Stewart said to the reporters, “Morne was outstanding for us during his first season, both on and off the field. I am delighted he has extended his contract with the club.”

At present, the 34-year-old Morne Morkel has just moved to Sydney with his family. With this movement, he can be available for 2020/21 Big Bash League as a local player.

Talking about his English County cricket career, he made debut in 2007 playing for Kent County Cricket Club. In the next summer, he played for Yorkshire. After ten-long-years, he made the return to the English County cricket in last summer.

Morne Morkel was a top pacer in international cricket

Morne Morkel, Surrey
Morne Morkel (Image Credit: Getty Images)

In his international career, Morne Morkel was one of the top-class pacers in international cricket history. After making his international debut in December 2006, he gradually became one of the top pace bowlers for South Africa. During his international career, Morne Morkel was the no.1-ranked ODI and no.3-ranked Test bowler.

In his 12-year-long international career, he played 86 Tests, 117 ODIs and 44 T20Is where he picked up 309, 188 and 47 wickets respectively. The right-arm pacer took 535 international wickets, which is the sixth most by a South African bowler.

After the Johannesburg Test against Australia in March-April 2018, Morne Morkel retired from the international cricket.

Whatever, South Africa will miss Morne Morkel in the upcoming 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Virat Kohli, Surrey, Alec Stewart, England vs India 2018
India captain Virat Kohli during the nets session at Lord's, London. (Photo by Tim Goode/PA Images via Getty Images)
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England vs India 2018: Surrey Doors Open for Virat Kohli – Alec Stewart

Surrey director Alec Stewart said that the club’s door is open for the team India skipper Virat Kohli. The Indian captain was to play for Surrey before the England tour kickstarted. However, a neck injury ended Kohli’s maiden tenure at County Championship before it even began.

Virat Kohli had signed up with Surrey to prepare for the ongoing England tour. Kohli had failed on the previous tour of 2014 and wanted himself to get acclimatized to the conditions. However, Kohli was up to the challenge without playing in the County championship. The right-hander scored majestic 200 runs in the first Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Virat Kohli, Surrey, Alec Stewart, England vs India 2018
India captain Virat Kohli during the nets session at Lord’s, London. (Photo by Tim Goode/PA Images via Getty Images)

Alec Stewart is open to welcome Virat Kohli again.

Therefore, Kohli not playing in the County season did have any side effects on his performance.

“Never say never. I am all for having world-class players. And he is the best player in the world,” former England captainAlec Stewart said at Lord’s yesterday.

Meanwhile, Alec Stewart understands that Virat Kohli might not play for Surrey given his hectic schedule with the Indian team. However, former England gloveman is not ruling out all the possibilities.

“But again, itineraries — India’s itinerary, his own itinerary — may or may not allow. We will certainly take a look at it if it is possible.

Alec Stewart said that he understands that Kohli needed time for his rehabilitation as he could not play for Surrey.

Virat Kohli, Surrey, Alec Stewart, England vs India 2018
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“We understood the reasons (for him pulling out from Surrey). When a player is injured it is right that they give themselves time to get fit before they play for their national side.”

Meanwhile, Alec Stewart showered praises on Virat Kohli for his superb performance in the first Test. Kohli had a set plan on how he wanted to go about his things. Therefore, he was able to execute his plans to perfection.

“He played beautifully. He has obviously thought through about how he is going to come and play in England against the moving ball, batting outside of his crease, playing the ball later. All these sorts of things, the great players can do. And he is the greatest player currently playing”.

Former England skipper went to add he loves watching Virat Kohli bat. In fact, there is no denying the fact that Indian talisman was able to win the first battle against the England bowlers.

“I enjoyed watching him. It was a real challenge him taking on (James) Anderson and (Stuart) Broad and the rest, and he batted in his own way. He won that one at Edgbaston and England will come at him again in this game, they would have got some options for him.”

Meanwhile, the first day at Lord’s was called off as rain played a killjoy.

Azhar Ali Virat Kohli
Azhar Ali is set to replace Virat Kohli at Surrey.
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Azhar Ali Might be Roped in by Surrey County Club to Replace Virat Kohli – Reports

Pakistan batting mainstay in Tests, Azhar Ali, might be roped in by Surrey County Club, to replace Virat Kohli, who sustained a neck injury recently.

Further, Ali’s teammate Asad Shafiq might also replace Queensland opener, Matt Renshaw at Somerset. Renshaw was scheduled to feature for Somerset after Cameron Bancroft was handed by a nine-month ban by Cricket Australia (CA).

However, the Surrey spokesperson did not reveal any information of such kind. But, it has to be taken into account that replacement for Virat Kohli has not been named until now.

Azhar Ali Might be Roped in by Surrey County Club to Replace Virat Kohli - Reports 2
Pakistan’s Azhar Ali during the Champions Trophy 2017 in England. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

We’re hoping to get Azhar and Asad to play some county cricket: Arthur

The India all-format skipper was scheduled to play for Surrey in June, to acclimatise for the conditions in England, before his neck injury, sustained during IPL, was diagnosed.

According to his contract, Kohli was scheduled to play three List A and three First-Class games during his stint with the Kia Oval-based county.

Virat Kohli India tour of England 2018
India captain Virat Kohli would be hoping to turn the tables around when he leads India to England for Five-Match Test series in 2018. Image Courtesy: Getty Images.

Also Read: When Ravindra Jadeja Got Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane in Trouble.

Moreover, with the herniated disc up his spine, Kohli is scheduled to miss the early parts of the English tour, comprising of ODI games against Ireland and England.

Our chosen players, we’re hoping to get Azhar and Asad to play some county cricket. There is a little bit of interest at the moment. For a short period of time,” Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur quoted, according to Espncricinfo.

Mickey Arthur
Mickey Arthur says the ball-tampering saga has given the cricketing world a reality check.

Also Read: When Dinesh Karthik was Left Frustrated with Rohit Sharma’s Captaincy.

“Because those guys don’t go to these [T20] leagues and stuff. If they were to play county cricket we’d certainly encourage that,” concluded Arthur.

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