Talking Point: Kohli rumours give India heart attack

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 17, 2017 17:42 hrs
Virat Kohli didn't take the field on Day two but the team management is confident the skipper will stride out to bat during India's innings.

Media reports that Team India skipper Virat Kohli had been ruled out of the third Test caused some panic among the Indian fans following the Ranchi Test on Friday.

Several Indian media outlets reported that Kohli has been ruled out despite the BCCI and the Indian team categorically denying it.

The BCCI in a release confirmed that Kohli had not suffered a serious injury and that the skipper will bat at his original position in India's first innings.

On Thursday, Kohli had hurt his right shoulder while attempting to stop a Peter Handscomb boundary at long-on. Chasing the ball, the Indian skipper put in a desperate dive and landed heavily on his shoulder.

Kohli immediately grimaced and headed off the field along with with the team physiotherapist.

Later that evening, Kohli underwent scans at the Pulse Diagnostic Centre in Ranchi that revealed the India skipper has suffered no major injury.

However, in spite of this, several television stations and websites have reported that Kohli is out of the Test match.

A report in News Ltd. suggested that a technician in the diagnostic centre may have stoked the rumours by saying that Kohli will need around 20 days rest to recover from the injury.

"He (Virat) has suffered an injury in his right shoulder," MRI technician Abhishek Jha reportedly told the media outside the hospital.

"While the bones are intact, there is a ligament tear and he was having acute problems in hand movement. We have advised 15 to 20 days' rest. We have given our reports. Now, he will consult his panel of doctors and experts on the course of action."

But, the BCCI swiftly refuted Jha's comments and released a statement pacifying fans that the Indian captain will take guard.

"The BCCI Medical Team confirms that Indian Captain Mr. Virat Kohli is presently undergoing treatment to recuperate from a strain in his right shoulder," the statement read.

"Relevant investigations have revealed that there are no serious concerns, which will hamper his speedy recovery from a strain in his right shoulder due to a fall while fielding on Day 1 of the third Paytm Test against Australia in Ranchi.

"He will continue to receive treatment, which will assist him to participate in the rest of the match."

According to the ICC rules, if a player sustains an internal injury, such as a pulled hamstring, the player must wait the same amount of time they have spent off the field before they can bat - up to a maximum of two hours or when the fifth wicket falls.

Kohli did not take the field on Day two, but soon after Australia were bundled ‚Äčout for 451, the skipper was spotted doing shadow practice with his bat inside the dressing room.

There was further good news for Team India.

Openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay gave India its best start of the series giving Kohli more time to recover.

Come Day three, expect the India skipper,who has had a lean run in the series so far, to stride out with his blade in hand.

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