Virat Kohli allays fitness fears, comes to bat on day 3 of India-Australia Test
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Virat Kohli allays fitness fears, comes to bat on day 3 of India-Australia Test

Virat Kohli, India captain, who suffered a shoulder injury on Day 1 of the third Test between India and Australia came out to bat on Day 3

cricket Updated: Mar 18, 2017 12:56 IST
Somshuvra Laha
Somshuvra Laha
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
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Virat Kohli bats during Day 3 of the third India vs Australia Test in Ranchi.(BCCI)

India captain Virat Kohli came out to bat at No.4 on Saturday looking fit and raring to go despite earlier media reports writing him off the third Test after he had injured his shoulder while fielding on the first day. (India vs Australia: Day 3 blog)

Forced to leave the ground in the 40th over on the first day, Kohli spent the rest of the first day and the whole of second day in the dressing room getting medical attention from the support staff. He had undergone scans on Thursday night, prompting some media reports which said he had been ruled out of the Test. (India vs Australia: Day 3 scorecard)

However, his stay at the crease was not long as he was out for six after being caught by Steve Smith at second slip off Pat Cummins.

The BCCI however came out with a press release saying the injury wasn’t as serious and that Kohli would continue to receive treatment to ensure speedy progress. India fielding coach R Sridhar had said on Thursday that Kohli hadn’t come out to prevent aggravation of the injury.

Kohli emerged only once on Friday before the start of play with a tape on his shoulder but later Umesh Yadav said that Kohli had been attending nets and looked fine to bat whenever needed. The work put in by the support staff showed when Kohli was seen walking out after lunch with his bat on the same shoulder that was injured.

First Published: Mar 18, 2017 12:46 IST