County cricket would help Virat Kohli become better: Kapil Dev

Former Indian skipper Kapil Dev believes a County stint will help Virat Kohli perform in English conditions.

“If he can get it and if he can keep on playing there, I think it always helps,” said the World Cup winning captain while speaking as an ambassador for Laureus as per BCC.

“Practice makes a man perfect; one has to practice to those conditions. What we’re seeing, with his temperament, I think he’s good enough (to score runs in England). It all depends if he gets a good start. He has the ability.

India is scheduled to play a five-match series against England in August, and will be hoping for better fortunes than their last two tours having lost seven and won just on of their last nine Tests.

In 2014, Kohli failed to register a single half-century or century, averaging just 13.40 in that four-match series. India lost the series 3-1 despite taking the lead at Lord’s.

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“If he can play a season or two in English county cricket there would be nothing wrong (with that) 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, (but) 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.

“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.

“Virat Kohli, the question mark, is in front of him, it’s there. He has to get runs where it is considered to be the toughest conditions in the world.”


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