Vengsarkar hails Kohli's move to skip Afghan Test & play county cricket

Vengsarkar hails Kohli's move to skip Afghan Test & play county cricket

Vengsarkar hails Kohli's move to skip Afghan Test & play county cricket

Former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar has questioned BCCI's decision to host a Test against Afghanistan just a month before the England tour.

Though Vengsarkar acknowledged the historical importance of the Test for Afghanistan, who make their long-format debut on 14 June against an Ajinkya Rahane-led Indian side, he said the Afghanistan Test was wrongly scheduled. Speaking at length about this, the former India batsman went ahead and stated that the BCCI should have focused a lot more on the upcoming England tour as opposed to a Test match against Afghanistan. He fell to seamers Stuart Broad (twice), Jimmy Anderson (four times), Chris Jordon (twice), Liam Plunkett and Moeen Ali (once each).

Ahead of RCB's clash against Delhi Daredevils, Woakes spoke to reporters and said described Kohli's decision to play cricket as "great". "The last tour was not a good tour for him, so he is very keen to do well".

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The 116-Test veteran said, "If I was the selector, even Cheteshwar Pujara would have been asked to stay back in England instead of playing the one-off Test against Afghanistan". But then, this is a Test match. That's what I feel. They should have concentrated more on England tour.

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Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has urged the masses to let celebrities have their space while saying he finds public scrutiny of his private life "uncomfortable at times". Last time in South Africa, there was hardly any match for preparation and therefore our players didn't have enough time to adjust to conditions there. "If anything she has only motivated and given me more positivity (sic)", Kohli had written during India's World T20 campaign in 2016. With Kohli taking extra efforts to deliver this time in England, Vengsarkar was confident that 2018 tour of England would be a better one for the Indian captain.

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Dilip Vengsarkar believes Virat Kohli will do well on England tour. He said: "I expect a lot from the Indian team on the tour of England... simply because we've got fast bowlers now, and a lot of options in fast bowlers, which wasn't the case before".

The Padma Shri awardee cherishes being a part of the winning team during the World Cup in 2011, describing it as an "amazing experience". So we expect a lot of things from him. "When I am with family, I try to completely switch off from cricket", he said.

"It's a balanced team and fast bowlers have done well at the worldwide level". While he was generous in praise for Pant, Vengsarkar said that he is a big fan of Dinesh Karthik.

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