Ahead of the tough tour of England and Ireland, India has received the much-needed boost as their skipper Virat Kohli has declared himself 100 percent fit.
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Kohli has not played competitive cricket since May 19 when he represented Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.
After that, he was sidelined with a neck injury. As a result, he had to miss his one-month stint with the English-based county club, Surrey.
Earlier, the 29-year old Kohli had signed up with the county outfit in order to prepare for the England tour.
However, a neck injury sustained during the IPL dashed his hopes of playing county cricket. But the star batsman is all fit and fine now. He raring to go back to the field.
Prior to team’s departure to Ireland for the two-T20I series, Kohli told the journalists he is absolutely fit and is excited to return to the field.
“I am 100% ready to go. The neck is fine now. I have had six to seven sessions in Mumbai and I have had a good practise. I am absolutely ready to go. Went through the fitness test as well. So the body is feeling fine. Actually, I am very excited to get back to the field. It is very rare when you play so much of cricket. But these sort of breaks make you mentally fresh and make you excited to go back to the pitch again,” Kohli said ahead of the Ireland tour.
India will play two Twenty20 Internationals in Ireland, starting June 27 before leaving for England. Kohli & Co. will be playing three T20Is, three ODIs and five Tests against the home side.
In addition, Kohli will be desperate to do well in England, this time around. In 2014, he had endured a torrid time, scoring only 134 runs from 10 innings as India had lost the series 3-1. He scored 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6 and 20 in the five Tests and finished the series with an average of 13.50.
However, Kohli has come a long way since that disastrous tour. He is arguably the best batsman in the world right now and has already proved himself in Australia and South Africa.
During the tour of Australia in 2014-15, he had slammed four tons in four Tests.
Since there on, the Indian captain Kohli also scored six double hundreds including four in successive series.
Against England in the five-Test series at home, Virat Kohli scored 655 runs and led India to a 4-0 triumph.
The Delhi-based batsman was also in top form in South Africa, smashing 871 runs across formats. He was the leading run-scorer in the Test and ODI series.
The right-handed batsman will now be eager to leave his mark in England too.