After much excitement about Virat Kohli’s participation in the upcoming county season with Surrey, the India captain suffered severe “neck sprain” during the IPL, and his stint has now being curtailed.
Virat Kohli endured a horrendous outing in England in Tests the last time; scoring a mere 134 runs across ten innings with an average below 14. Now, to ensure the numbers doesn’t get repeated, he penned a deal with Surrey for June, which would not get underway now.
After a check-up at the Khar hospital, Indian captain Virat Kohli will not turn out for Surrey.
According to earlier reports, the doctor had also warned the 29-year old that he risks missing the England tour if he plays county cricket in June, as it will aggravate his injury and has advised him rest.
The India captain would undergo rehab from June 15th, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has ensured they would do the best to make sure Virat gets fit ahead of the UK tour. Ahead of the England tour which begins on July 3rd, India would face Ireland in T20I’s, on June 27th and 29th.
Fortunately, Kohli will not be requiring any major surgery for the injury. He said,
“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 a slipped disc. As of now, we will be monitoring his workload,” the senior official said on condition of anonymity.
“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,”
When asked why Kohli visited a spinal surgeon at Khar medical facility, the official said,
“Virat had suffered a neck sprain during an IPL match in Jaipur (RCB’s final game). The pain had subsided but he went for a precautionary check-up.”