Vastavam web: Former India skipper Dilip Vengsakar today supported Virat Kohli’s decision to prefer County stint over next month’s one-off Test against Afghanistan to prepare for the challenging England tour.The 116-Test veteran was also highly optimistic of India’s chances of taming England in their own backyard in the five-Test series with the battery of quality pace bowlers at the visitors’ command.
Asked about Kohli opting to play county cricket, Vengsarkar said, “It is a good decision because, he (Virat) will get time to get acclimatised to the conditions (in England). The last tour was not a good tour for him, so he is very keen to do well.” “If I was selector, I would have asked Pujara to stay back and play county cricket (for Yorkshire), because these are the guys who will play in England. For them playing in India against Afghanistan makes no sense,” said the stylish former batsman who had struck three back-to-back centuries at Lord’s on three tours to England.
“Pujara will now come and play against Afghanistan. But that defies logic to me because he is playing in England, playing county cricket, and has not been consistent at the moment (so far). So he will get more chances to play in England and score runs and get into the groove (by skipping the one-off Test),” explained Vengsarkar.On whether India could defeat England, Vengsarkar said, “Yes I expect a lot from the tour of England simply because we have got fast bowlers and lots options in fast bowlers which was not the case before. It’s a good thing for Indian cricket.”