Virat Kohli seems highly unlikely to start his County stint with Surrey. The Indian cricket team captain is reportedly diagnosed with a slipped disc, reports have stated quoting sources in the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
“Virat has a herniated disc which might force him to miss county matches,” NDTV has reported quoting BCCI.
Kohli had decided to skip the one of debut Test for Afghanistan for county stint with Surrey in June to prepare for India’s tour to England. He will also miss the two T20 Internationals against Ireland, scheduled to be played ahead of England tour.
“Yes, Virat has had fatigue issues and this is a case of workload management rather than injury management. But it isn’t a case of slip disc. As of now, we will be monitoring his workload,” national news agency PTI has reported an anonymous senior BCCI official.
“We are chalking a plan wherein his County stint will be curtailed. He will play two four-day matches as per the original plan and not the five Royal London Cup (50 over) matches,” he added.
When pressed further on the reported slip disc injury, the official replied: “Yesterday, Virat posted his fitness video as part of the Government’s ‘Fitness Challenge’. I can tell you that the video was shot yesterday.”
I have accepted the #FitnessChallenge by @ra_THORe sir. Now I would like to challenge my wife @AnushkaSharma , our PM @narendramodi ji and @msdhoni Bhai for the same. ? #HumFitTohIndiaFit #ComeOutAndPlay pic.twitter.com/e9BAToE6bg
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 23 May 2018
Kohli was Royal Challengers Bangalore’s top scorer with 530 runs from 14 matches as the team under his leadership could not enter the knockout playoffs in the 2018 Indian Premier League.
If the Team India skipper fails to recover in time for the England series, Kohli’s absence will also be a major blow to hosts England and Wales Cricket Board. The ECB is highly relying on revenues from the India series to write off it financial deficits for the past two years. Cricket world’s biggest brand icon is a natural attraction for sponsors and commercial associates, cricket fans and broadcasters. His presence in the games ensures better revenues for all commercial stakeholders.