India skipper Virat Kohli has been taken to hospital for scans on his right shoulder after he inflicted an injury, while attempting to dive in the post-lunch session on the opening day of the third Test against Australia at Ranchi. The injury scare occurred at a time when India was staring down the barrel with Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell making the bowlers work very hard for returns at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) Stadium.
The incident took place in the 40th over when Kohli landed awkwardly on his right shoulder while chasing the ball in the deep mid-wicket region. The impact of the fall was painful as Kohli found it difficult to stand back on his feet. He clutched his right shoulder while the Indian team physio Patrick Farhart rushed on to the field to provide him medical care.
Later, Kohli was seen resting with an ice pack on his right shoulder and it was assumed he may return to action after tea. However, he could not make it to the field and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane performed his duties for the remainder of the session. The final report of his scans is expected to come out on Friday morning.
Earlier, Australia was reduced to 140/4 from 50/0 before Smith and Glenn Maxwell put up a commendable 159-run stand for the fifth wicket to take the visitors to a comfortable 299/4. Both remained unbeaten with the skipper finishing the day on 117 and Maxwell at 82. Australia will come out with a strong intent of adding as many runs as possible on the second day to gain an early advantage in the Test.
Virat Kohli heading to hospital for scans on damaged right shoulder, more will be known on extent of injury tomorrow morning #INDvAUS
— Andrew Ramsey (@ARamseyCricket) March 16, 2017