Yorkshire already plotting Virat Kohli's downfall '“ thanks to some inside knowledge
It is still seven weeks before Virat Kohli turns up at North Marine Road with Surrey, but Yorkshire are already doing their homework in a bid to bring down the Indian superstar.
Kohli heads to Scarborough, or Scarbados if you prefer, for the final game of three as Surrey’s short-term overseas player in the Specsavers County Championship between June 25-28.
Yorkshire’s games there are always eagerly anticipated occasions, with this adding an extra edge to things for players and not just punters.
Thankfully, the White Rose have a bit of inside knowledge they can call upon in the form of their own India overseas player, Che Pujara.
“We’ve already spoken to Puj about how to get him out,” revealed in-form new ball seamer Ben Coad.
“But I might keep that a secret!
“No, seriously, he’s just said ‘Keep it off his legs’. That seems to be the key. Make him come to you and play a patience game with him.
“I think it will be a bit easier for us at Scarborough with good carry, swing and it nipping around a bit. But he’s a quality player, and we’ll just have to see what we can do.”
There is no doubt Coad is relishing the challenge posed by the world’s best batsman at present.
“It’s a great challenge to have,” said the 24-year-old.
“I want to play against the best players in the world so I can see where I am with my game and what I need to work on.
“That kind of thing is important for me now.”
Coad went on: “It’s exciting for county cricket as well.
“It’s always great at Scarborough, and it doesn’t need a boost there. But to have that sort of name in the County Championship will only bring a few more through the gates at the various grounds. That has got to be a good thing.”
Coad broke through last year with 50 Championship wickets in his first full season and has started this summer like a house on fire with 23 scalps in his first three appearances.
After taking eight in the home win over Nottinghamshire a fortnight ago, he even had to field questions about the increased chances of an England Test call-up.
However, he is refusing to get carried away, insisting: “It’s been a good start, but it’s a long season and I need to keep going and take wickets all the way through.”
Coad took six in the thrilling win over champions Essex at Chelmsford over the weekend, Yorkshire’s second in four matches in 2018.
But he picked up an ankle injury which may force him out of Yorkshire’s next match against Surrey at the Kia Oval from Friday.
They will again field Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, who play their final game before the start of England’s international summer - the two Test series against Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Yorkshire’s women were beaten by Kent at Beckenham in their opening County Championship fixture of 2018 on Sunday.
The visitors were bowled out for just 118, with only Lauren Winfield making it into the twenties with 28.
Her England one-day opening partner Tammy Beaumont then hit an unbeaten 63 as Kent clinched victory with eight wickets in hand.
Thankfully, however, they bounced back to beat Middlesex by seven wickets at Teddington yesterday (Monday), with half-centuries for Winfield and captain Hollie Armitage securing a chase of 161 with almost 25 overs to spare.