Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s plan of a Surrey stint ahead of the five-Test series against England has been dealt with a massive blow as a neck injury sustained during an IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad has ruled him out of the County commitments.
The Indian captain was scheduled to play for Surrey in June as part of his preparation for the tour of England which starts in July. The injury concerns were raised after Kohli visited Hinduja hospital on Wednesday afternoon to visit a leading orthopaedic.
While it was earlier reported that the India skipper is suffering from a slip disc, reports have now emerged that it is a case of neck sprain and not a slip disc injury. Hours after the development was first reported, BCCI, in a press release, said Kohli has been ruled out from participating for Surrey.
Although, the Medical Team is confident that Kohli will regain full fitness ahead of India’s upcoming tours to Ireland and England.
“He will begin training and subsequently undergo a fitness test at the NCA in Bengaluru from June 15. The BCCI Medical Team is confident that Kohli will regain full fitness ahead of India’s upcoming tours to Ireland and England,” a statement released.
Kohli has played all the nine Tests that India featured since June 2017. He also took part in 29 of the 32 One-Day Internationals and nine of the 18 T20Is played in the last 12 months, overall featuring in 47 of the 59 international games that India partook in.
In addition, he played the entire season of the Indian Premier League, skippering the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 11th edition in an unsuccessful campaign for the franchise where they finished sixth.