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Virat Kohli is Still a Good Player Without County Cricket: Harbhajan Singh

Cricketnext Staff |May 26, 2018, 10:46 AM IST
Virat Kohli is Still a Good Player Without County Cricket: Harbhajan Singh

As soon as the news of Virat Kohli’s neck injury broke out, the entire nation seems to be sweating over it. Due to the injury, Kohli will not be able to take part in the a brief county stint with Surrey, before the tour to England begins. But Harbhajan Singh feels that this could be a ‘blessing in disguise’ for the Indian skipper. In a chat with Times of India, Singh said that Kohli’s injury is not serious.

"He should be fine. It (the injury) isn't that's serious. There's a lot of time (for the England tour, which begins in July). It's good that he's not playing county cricket, because he needs rest to recover (from his injury). It could be a blessing in disguise. He'll be much better prepared for the bigger things than playing county cricket. And I'm sure he's still a good player without county cricket.

"The IPL is a hectic tournament. You travel so much, and play every second-third day. It looks very glamorous on TV, when you see fours and sixes being hit. But in the end, its' tough (on the players). You've to pack, unpack and check out, check in of hotels all the time. There's no time to rest. All the players feel that there should be a 15-day break after the IPL."

Harbhajan also sounded optimistic about India’s chances in England. According to him, India has a great chance to win a series there.

"It's a great opportunity (to win a Test series in England). This team has the potential to do it. It won't be easy though. It will take a lot of hard work, but this team has the ability to do so. It's a long tour. Keeping that in mind, (our) fitness has to be at the top level. The bowlers will have to bowl a lot of overs. Whenever we tour, we feel we've the team to win abroad. But in the end, it all depends on how the wickets will be, whether our fast bowling unit will be fit at that time. A lot will depend on whether guys like Virat and KL (Rahul) will bat at their best. So, it's about the form of the players at that point," he feels.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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