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What county cricket can expect from ‘big dog’ Virat Kohli’s arrival | Ali Martin

Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes give their first-hand experience of playing alongside India’s biggest starDue to GDPR, you may need to resubscribe to The SpinThe last time an incumbent captain of India joined an English county side was in 2000, when Sourav …

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Virat Kohli signs Surrey deal in bid to tune up for India series in England

• India captain wants to adjust to English conditions• Former England batsman Jonathan Trott to retireSurrey have pulled off an almighty coup by signing Virat Kohli, the India captain and cricket’s premier all-format batsman, for the whole of June.Kohl…

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Virat Kohli may join Surrey to tune up for India’s Test series in England

• County confirm interest in signing cricket’s biggest name• Kohli keen to tune up for English conditions before August TestSurrey have confirmed their interest in signing Virat Kohli on a possible short-term deal before India’s Test series in England …

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Virat Kohli’s passion for Test cricket could be saviour of five-day game | Rob Smyth

India’s captain is the best chance we have of countering the global dominance of T20s and one-day internationalsVirat Kohli knows about pressure. He is Sachin Tendulkar for the Twitter generation, with 23.3 million people hanging on his every…

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Sorry celestial Sachin but Virat Kohli has taken command of the space fleet | Barney Ronay

India’s captain is on the verge of becoming the first player to be No1 simultaneously in Tests, ODIs and T20s – a feat that would end debate about his status among the greatsA disturbing thing happened last month. Sachin Tendulkar, the most unapproacha…

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Virat Kohli wary of being favourites but says India will cope with pressure

• Kohli claims group-stage thrashing of Pakistan is irrelevant to the final
• ‘Everyone is aware of the talent they have – they can beat any side in the world’

Virat Kohli said India will be neither intimidated nor arrogant when they face Pakistan in Sunday’s Champions Trophy final despite the widely held expectation his players will be the ones donning the International Cricket Council’s natty white blazers come the end of the blockbuster encounter. Kohli’s defending champions are the world’s No1 one-day team in waiting – victory here would knock South Africa off top spot – and after a nine-wicket demolition of Bangladesh in Thursday’s second semi-final face the side they so comprehensively outplayed when their campaign got off to a flyer a fortnight ago.

Related: India and Pakistan promise Champions Trophy final of contrasts fit for the age | Barney Ronay

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Beating Pakistan shows we can retain Trophy, says India’s Virat Kohli

• Captain Kohli and Yuvraj Singh deliver batting masterclass
• Pakistan bowled out for 164 in rain-affected Edgbaston match

Virat Kohli hailed a “massive win” against Pakistan as India delivered the message that, for all the talk of issues behind the scenes in their camp, they are more than capable of defending their Champions Trophy title this summer.

Kohli delivered a batting masterclass, with an unbeaten 81 from 68 balls as his side posted 319 for three in a rain-reduced 48 overs. In the reply Umesh Yadav took three for 30 as Pakistan were bowled out for 164 chasing an adjusted 289 from 41.

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ICC clears Virat Kohli and Steve Smith over second Test run-ins

  • No charges laid for either side after spiteful match in Bangalore
  • Governing body backs match referee Chris Broad

The International Cricket Council has shouldered arms in response to every send-off, run-in, accusation, antagonistic act and misdeed that occurred in Bangalore, refusing to charge a single player involved in the spiteful second Test between Australia and India.

Related: India cricket chiefs demand ICC investigates Steve Smith’s ‘brain fade’

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Joe Root says England need better plan to counter India’s Virat Kohli

• Kohli scored 122 in India’s three-wicket win in first ODI of three-match series
• ‘If we could have slightly more individual plans to him that could be a way’

Joe Root has admitted that England need to work on their bowling plans for Virat Kohli after the stunning three-wicket defeat at a febrile Maharashtra Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

Related: Virat Kohli reels in England in style to give India win in first ODI

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Virat Kohli succeeds MS Dhoni as India’s limited overs captain

• Test captain will lead ODI and T20 side against England
• Dhoni stood down as limited overs captain on Wednesday

Virat Kohli has been named as India’s captain for the one-day international series and Twenty20 internationals against England.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will continue as wicketkeeper-batsman despite ending his 10-year reign as the captain of India’s limited-overs sides on Wednesday.

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Alastair Cook named ICC’s Test captain of 2016 but no place for Virat Kohli

• Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes all included in Test team
• Kohli only captains ODI team despite leading India to No1 Test ranking

Alastair Cook has been named captain of the International Cricket Council Test team of the year despite leading England to victory in just one of their last eight matches.

England have four representatives in the team – more than any other nation – with three Australians and one player apiece from New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa in a side picked by former Test greats Rahul Dravid, Gary Kirsten and Kumar Sangakkara for the sport’s world governing body.

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Virat Kohli interested in playing county cricket before 2018 tour

After struggling in England in the past, India’s captain would like to acclimatise before the 2018 Test series

Virat Kohli has expressed a desire to play county cricket in 2018 in preparation for India’s Test tour of England that summer. In stark contrast to the form that has seen Kohli score 1,200 runs at an average of 80 in 2016, India’s previous Test tour of England two years ago proved a tough affair on a personal level. Averaging just 13.4 with a top score of 39, Kohli was removed four times in the 3-1 defeat by Jimmy Anderson.

It was England’s record wicket-taker that was asked during the recent Mumbai Test how much the right-hander’s game has changed since then, leading him to query whether, in fact, the Indian pitches on show this series simply mean any related technical issues were not in play. The true answer will not be known for another 18 months when India play a five-Test series in England. And leading into that tour, Kohli would be interested in becoming just the second of the current generation of Indian batsmen, after Cheteshwar Pujara’s two spells at Derbyshire and Yorkshire, to work in his game in the County Championship with a view to acclimatising.

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England’s Ben Stokes keen to settle scores in fifth Test after heated India tour | Ali Martin

Ben Stokes is keen to end the series with a consolation victory, and has asked officials to punish players consistently ‘no matter who they play for’

Ben Stokes has called on-field aggravation in cricket “theatre” for spectators that should not be policed too zealously. If that is going to remain the case, however, the all-rounder wants consistency for all players, irrespective of who they are or which team they play for.

In what has at times been a fractious series between England and India, Stokes goes into Friday’s fifth Test as still the sole combatant on either side to be disciplined after he received an ICC reprimand and points on his record in Mohali for swearing at Virat Kohli in response to a perceived send-off.

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Emergence of Jayant Yadav as a force for India leaves England in a tailspin

Spinning all-rounder produces first for his country with Test century at No9 and helps Virat Kohli tighten home side’s grip on fourth match

While England’s selection on this tour has become so contorted that their No4 batsman, Moeen Ali, registered a third-ball duck barely an hour after sending down the last of his 53 overs, a spin-bowling all-rounder has emerged for India who could easily be the find of the series.

Jayant Yadav was a name on few lips when England arrived in the country five weeks ago and did not make the first Test in Rajkot. But since his debut a week later in Visakhapatnam, this softly spoken 27-year-old – a gentle Jayant – has quietly gone about becoming the spin bowler the tourists would love to have and the lower-order batsman they would love to see the back of.

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Emergence of Jayant Yadav as a force for India leaves England in a tailspin

Spinning all-rounder produces first for his country with Test century at No9 and helps Virat Kohli tighten home side’s grip on fourth match

While England’s selection on this tour has become so contorted that their No4 batsman, Moeen Ali, registered a third-ball duck barely an hour after sending down the last of his 53 overs, a spin-bowling all-rounder has emerged for India who could easily be the find of the series.

Jayant Yadav was a name on few lips when England arrived in the country five weeks ago and did not make the first Test in Rajkot. But since his debut a week later in Visakhapatnam, this softly spoken 27-year-old – a gentle Jayant – has quietly gone about becoming the spin bowler the tourists would love to have and the lower-order batsman they would love to see the back of.

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England’s Jimmy Anderson questions India double-centurion Virat Kohli

• Anderson says Mumbai conditions have masked Kohli’s technical deficiencies
• India captain Kohli has scored record 640 runs in series

Virat Kohli has dominated England’s bowlers to the tune of 640 runs this series but Jimmy Anderson, who has gone wicketless in his last three innings, believes right-hander’s technical flaws are merely being masked by home conditions.

Related: England heading towards defeat after Virat Kohli’s double century for India

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England slide towards grim defeat after Virat Kohli’s double for India

• England 400 & 182-6; India 631
• Full scorecard from the fourth Test in Mumbai

The end is nigh unless miracles happen on Mondays in Mumbai. England still trail India by 49 runs and they have just four wickets remaining. A vibrant Test match, providing rich entertainment, has brought beaming smiles to the locals, who have filled the stands of the Wankhede Stadium over the weekend.

Related: India v England, fourth Test: day four – live!

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India’s Virat Kohli steps into Tendulkar’s Mumbai shoes against England | Ali Martin

The brash captain is a character worlds apart from the icon whose place in India’s hearts he has inherited, but he proved similarly beguiling while demolishing England’s hopes in Mumbai

Virat Kohli may be a son of Delhi but, at 3pm on Saturday, as the ball burst through the hands of a diving Ben Stokes at cover and the Indian captain scampered through for a single, the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai erupted in a way that suggested adoption papers from the city may soon be forthcoming.

Here was Kohli, the bristling embodiment of a confident modern India, notching up his 15th Test century and celebrating in fitting fashion. The leap in the air, the swift removal of the helmet, the circling of the bat to all parts of this cricketing colosseum: for a brief moment, as the near-capacity crowd rose, a sport that continues to attract angst over its future felt in remarkably rude health.

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England’s Ben Stokes shows restraint as he has last laugh on Virat Kohli

Privately seething following a reprimand his opponent escaped, the all-rounder holds it all in despite the fall of the India captain’s wicket

Ben Stokes has long had a reputation for being able to “make something happen” but on the second day in Mohali, when still smarting from the official reprimand that followed an industrial exchange with Virat Kohli 24 hours earlier, this often combustible all-rounder for once made damn sure it did not.

Related: Woakes and Buttler raise England hopes in third Test against India

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Ben Stokes reprimanded by ICC after altercation but Virat Kohli escapes

• England all-rounder exchanged words with India captain
• Ben Stokes reprimanded for response but Kohli escapes censure

Ben Stokes has been charged with using offensive language on the field of play during the first day of England’s third Test in Mohali after a heated exchange with India’s captain, Virat Kohli.

Related: Jonny Bairstow shows defiance but India dominate England on day one

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