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Kohli averaged 13.40 in the UK when India toured there last in 2014. © BCCI
Kapil Dev, the former Indian skipper, believes that despite current skipper Virat Kohli‘s spectacular numbers, he needs to score runs around the world, especially in conditions that are tough, in order to be called the best. With India’s impending tour of England in view, the former captain believes a season or two of County cricket would hold Kohli in good stead given his scanty average of 13.40 in the UK when India toured there last in 2014, as opposed to a career batting average of 53.40 from 66 Tests.
“Practice makes a man perfect. One has to practise those conditions,” he saidon Tuesday(March 6). “The bar which we as cricketers set for these people is that you have to be good in all conditions. That’s what we used to say about Allan Border or Vivian Richards or Sunil Gavaskar – they were players to play any part, anywhere, any kind of conditions, they used to perform.
“He (Kohli) has to get runs where it is considered to be the toughest conditions in the world.”
The two Indians currently signed to play the County season prior to the tour are Cheteshwar Pujara, for Yorkshire, and Ishant Sharma for Sussex. Dev, who led India to a 2-0 win in the three-match series in 1986, spent two seasons with Northamptonshire and believed a similar stint for Kohli would aid the No.2 Test-ranked batsman.
“If he can get it and if he can keep on playing there, I think it always helps. What we’re seeing, with his temperament, I think he’s good enough. It all depends if he gets a good start. He has the ability.
“If he can play a season or two in English county cricket there would be nothing wrong, because if you want to be the best player in the world you have to get runs everywhere. With so many players, we are seeing they are outstanding outside India or Pakistan, when they come to the subcontinent, they don’t get runs. Maybe they are playing on a fast, bouncy track and when it comes to a turning track they are not good enough.”
India have won only two Test series in England – one in 1986 and the next in 2007. They will contest for the opportunity once again when the five-Test series begins on August 1 at Edgbaston.