Former Indian captain Virat Kohli is likely to miss the first ODI against England on July 12 (Thursday) at the Kennington Oval in London. After a 2-1 win in the shortest format, the Men in Blue were pumped to kickstart the ODIs on a winning note. However, Kohli’s injury will be a major blow for India against the reigning world champions.
Kohli reportedly has sustained a groin injury during the third T20I against the hosts and are likely to miss the first ODI. According to a report in Cricbuzz, Kohli was taken for scans after he complained about a groin injury.
He is currently being monitored by the BCCI medical team. A decision on his participation in the first ODI against Jos Buttler and Co. will be taken on Tuesday morning.
Cricbuzz quoted a BCCI source saying:
“The injury is not looking serious at this stage. The medical team is examining. He was taken for scans and his chances of playing will depend on the results of the scan.”
On Monday the Indian team returned to London from Nottingham where the third and final T20I against the home team was played. The team management had declared that Monday will be an optional training day and those who were part of the Sunday’s T20I did not take part in the training session. Virat Kohli also didn’t join the training.
“Everyone goes through ups and downs” – Rohit Sharma backs Virat Kohli
Captain Rohit Sharma has come out in support of under-fire batter Kohli, saying that the entire team believes in the latter’s ability.
The talismanic scorer has been going through an extended lean patch in all forms of the game. Kohli managed to score just 12 runs in two matches during the Men in Blue’s recent T20I series against England.
Throwing weight behind the struggling batter at the press conference, Rohit said, “If you talk about form, then everyone goes through ups and downs. The player’s quality does not get affected.
“When a player is doing well for so many years, then one or two bad series does not make him a bad player. We should not overlook his past performances.”