Indian captain Virat Kohli will begin his maiden county stint with the Surrey County Cricket Club. He will be joining them for the month of June during the 2018 season.
The 29-year old’s availability will be confirmed for all matches throughout June until Surrey’s match against Yorkshire.
He is the fourth Indian Test player to play in county cricket this year alongside Cheteshwar Pujara, Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron. Pujara plays for Yorkshire and Sharma and Aaron are at Sussex and Leicestershire respectively.
Kohli is the recipient of the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC World Cricketer of the Year in 2017. He has averaged more than 50 in all three formats of the game.
The middle order batsman has amassed a total of 5554 runs at an average of 53.40 in Test cricket.
He took over the Test captaincy in the 2014-15 season during India’s tour of Australia. Since then, he has led the Men in Blue to the top of the ICC rankings with 21 Test wins from 34 matches under their belts.
In 2017, he was named as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World. Kohli was also named captain of the ICC Test and ODI Teams of the Year.
On the subject of signing for the club, Virat Kohli said: “It has long been an ambition of mine to play county cricket and I am thankful to Alec Stewart and Surrey for allowing me the opportunity to join them during their 2018 season. I can’t wait to get to the Oval.”
Surrey’s Director of Cricket, Alec Stewart added: “We are thrilled to have signed the biggest name in world cricket for the month of June.
“Playing and training alongside Virat will be a massive benefit for our players who will have the opportunity to learn so much from him.
“At a time when there is much discussion around the future of county cricket, the arrival of Virat should give our domestic game a massive boost and positive exposure around the cricketing world which in turn can benefit every county.”