MAY 24, 2018
Virat Kohli will not play for Surrey following a neck injury, BCCI confirmed on Thursday.
India Today had reported earlier that Kohli’s county stint was doubtful following an injury. The Indian captain was scheduled to play for Surrey in June as part of his preparation for the tour of England which starts in July.
The injury concerns were raised after Kohli visited Hinduja hospital on Wednesday afternoon to visit a leading orthopaedic.
While it was earlier reported that the India skipper is suffering from a slip disc, reports have now emerged that it is a case of neck sprain and not a slip disc injury.
Hours after the development was first reported, BCCI, in a press release, said Kohli has been ruled out from participating for Surrey.
“Team India Captain Mr Virat Kohli suffered a neck injury while fielding during Match 51 of the VIVO IPL between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad on 17th May 2018 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
“Mr Kohli, who was scheduled to play for Surrey CCC in the month of June, has been ruled out from participating,” the release said.
“This decision was taken following assessments by the BCCI Medical team, subsequent scans, and a specialist visit.
“The Team India captain will now undergo a period of rehabilitation under the supervision of the BCCI Medical team.
“He will begin training and subsequently undergo a fitness test at the NCA in Bengaluru from June 15. The BCCI Medical Team is confident that Mr Kohli will regain full fitness ahead of India’s upcoming tours to Ireland and England.”
Kohli has been among the busiest cricketers in the world for the last two years. In 2017, he played all of India’s Test matches barring the Dharamsala game against Australia. He was also rested for four IPL matches last year.
Towards the end of 2017, Kohli took a break from the limited-overs phase of the Sri Lanka series to get married and then opted out of the Nidahas Trophy in March.