Earlier this year Virat Kohli signed an agreement to play for Surrey in the county format for England. But he missed out this opportunity due to a neck injury. On the other hand, the county manager is ready to welcome Kohli back to play for Surrey. Kohli earlier planned to play for Surrey to understand the climatic conditions of England before the tour of India by skipping the one-off test against Afghanistan. But he missed out both the tournaments on account of a neck injury.
Surrey’s county director Alec Stewart said that Virat Kohli is the best player in the world and he is ready to welcome back Virat Kohli to play for Surrey when he spoke to the press after the first day of the game was canceled due to rain.
Alec Stewart said that “Never say never. I am all for having world-class players. And he is the best player in the world. 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,” when asked if Kohli can spend time for county format in his busy schedule.
He added “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.”
Though Kohli missed out the county tournament, he played well in the first test and slammed 149 runs and 51 runs in both the innings. Speaking about earlier injury woes to Kohli and his performance in the first test match, Stewart said“It was a big blow for everyone but at the same time injuries happen in a professional sport. I had a word with him (Kohli) and he was bitterly disappointed when the neck injury flared up and truly understood the reason. I spoke to the BCCI and they were very apologetic. I fully understand injuries happen to any sportsman. As I said moving forward if there is a possibility ever arise again where he is available to come and play for Surrey we will certainly entertain that fact,”
“He is the best player in the world. Whether he played with Surrey or not, that would have little impact on how he went out and played in a Test match,” Stewart, a veteran of 133 Tests, said. “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.”
“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,” he signed off.