Virat Kohli’s dodgy shoulder has dominated the build-up to the deciding Test against Australia in Dharamsala. The Indian skipper stated that he will play the game only if he is 100 percent fit.
Speaking in the press conference, Kohli said, “I am no different from anyone. No special treatment for me and the same rule applies for anyone. Me being 100 per cent fit is the only condition that I will play tomorrow.”
In the Friday nets session, Kohli was seen clutching his right shoulder when the Indian team started the warm-up session. He managed to play 20 minutes of foot volley with the team. As the session progressed, Kohli walked to the practice area and started his batting nets session. After five minutes of light throwdowns, the Indian skipper batted for 20 minutes and looked in no visible discomfort.
However, Kohli said the injury to his shoulder was not caused due to lack of fitness. “An impact injury is an impact injury. One needs to give a bit more time before I can make the call with the physio. I have to look at the full match scenario when I take the decision,” Kohli said.
The Indian skipper added, “The injury has an element of being aggravated in the field. While batting, there is no discomfort. I have taken medication after the last game and that is why I have to take a bit of time before I take the decision to play.”
Shreyas Iyer has been called in as cover for Kohli in case the Indian skipper cannot play the Dharamsala Test. Kohli had hurt his right shoulder in the Ranchi Test when he looked to stop a boundary at wide long on. He dived but he landed heavily on his right shoulder which forced him to be off the field for a long period of time. Amidst speculation that Kohli might miss the entire Test, he came out to bat but he fell for 6 as the Test ended in a draw.