The penultimate contest of the four-Test series was into its 40th over on Thursday when a tumbling Virat Kohli hurt his right shoulder trying to save a boundary.
NEWS ALERT - Captain Virat Kohli recuperating from shoulder strain. Relevant investigations have revealed that there are no serious concerns pic.twitter.com/v5tgdZlKHx— BCCI (@BCCI) March 16, 2017
The hosts were left to wonder if it was worth the effort as Kohli immediately left the ground, with deputy Ajinkya Rahane leading the side in his absence.
The Indian board (BCCI) said in a statement there were “no serious concerns” and that India’s batting mainstay would be able to participate in the ongoing contest which marks Ranchi’s debut as a test venue.
Kohli did come out before Friday’s warm-up, with the BCCI sharing the footage and tweeting “Captain returns. Game on!”
It being an external injury, Kohli’s absence is unlikely to stop him from batting at his usual number four position at the Jharkhand Cricket Association Stadium.
Australia resumed day two on 299 for four with Steve Smith unbeaten on 117 and Glenn Maxwell on 82.