Dilip Vengsarkar backs Virat Kohli's decision to skip Afghanistan Test

Pujara coming back from England and playing against Afghanistan defies logic says Vengsarkar

Dilip Vengsarkar has backed India captain Virat Kohli's decision to bypass the inaugural one-off Test against Afghanistan in June in order to play county cricket for Surrey ahead of India's long tour of England. "For them, playing in India against Afghanistan makes no sense", added Vengsarkar.

"I feel the Afghanistan Test is wrongly scheduled". That's what I feel.

However, he said when he is on a tour for cricket, he puts his "mind and heart into the next game".

"Pujara will now come and play against Afghanistan".

Meanwhile, Kohli, who is now captaining Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Indian Premier League, is scheduled to fly down to United Kingdom for a County stint before leading India in a bilateral series against England.

The former Australian worldwide cricketer and World Cup winning captain Michael Clarke has said he is surprised by the decision of the Indian skipper Virat Kohli to miss the historic Test Match against Afghanistan.

A former chief selector of the Indian cricket team, Vengsarkar lauded the itinerary of the forthcoming England tour, especially the scheduling warm-up games that will help Indian cricketers in getting acclimatised to the conditions. In the last four years he has established himself as the No. 1 batsman, so we expect a lot of things from him and the England tour will be a big test for him. The more he plays in England, the better he will become. He said: "If I was a selector, I would've asked (Cheteshwar) Pujara also to stay back and play county cricket because these are the guys who're going to play in England. He is not very consistent at this moment, so playing in England would have given him more chances to get in the groove", said the 62-year-old.

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Vengsarkar, who scored three back-to-back hundreds at the Lord's in three different tours (1979, 1982 and 1986), believes India's victory in England will depend on its seamers. Prior to England series, India are also slated to face Ireland in a two-match T20 series.

Virat Kohli is learning to live with the constant public scrutiny of his personal life six months into his marriage with Bollywood star Anushka Sharma.

"This is a good itinerary".

"Of course, there is an FTP, there is a Test programme, and you have to adhere to it". Last time in South Africa, there was hardly any match for preparation and therefore our players didn't have enough time to adjust to conditions there.

"It's great he is going to be playing in England for Surrey".

"I expect a lot from the Indian team now. So he's very keen to be there early, which is a good thing". The team is balanced and the fast bowlers are good at worldwide level.

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