- Virat Kohli should be ready for the team’s World Cup opener against South Africa.
- Team sources informed that the 30-year-old “is doing fine” at the moment.
- The Men in Blue will play their first game on 5th June.
India national cricket team captain Virat Kohli should be ready for the team’s World Cup opener against South Africa in spite of being hit on his thumb during a net practice on Saturday, it has been revealed.
Team sources informed that the 30-year-old “is doing fine” at the moment. “He got hit while batting but is doing fine. There is nothing to worry as of now,” they said.
The incident in question happened during a training session at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Saturday, when the batsman appeared to be in a bit of discomfort after hurting his thumb.
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— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 2, 2019
The event prompted the Indian team physiotherapist Patrick Farhart to attend. He was caught applying a spray on the Kohli’s right thumb.
Firstly, Farhat was seen putting the magic spray on the injured finger and before applying the tape on it.
Later in the day, Kohli left the field with his thumb evidently dipped in a glass of ice.
This is not the first time that India, considered as one of the favourites for the title, has been hit by injuries in the run up to the World Cup.
All-rounder Vijay Shankar had to watch the warm-up game against New Zealand from the sidelines after hurting his elbow. Kedar Jadhav too is recovering from a shoulder injury that he picked up during IPL. He missed both of India’s warm-up games against the Kiwis and Bangladesh.
Nonetheless, Jadhav, who is a major presence in India’s middle-order, was seen batting in the nets on Saturday. This may be an indication that the Maharashtrian cricketer could be fit in time to feature against South Africa.
The Indian team had a day off on Sunday. The game between India and SA on 5th June will be a crucial fixture for both the teams. While India would be raring to make a winning start to the campaign, South Africa would be looking forward to turn their World Cup fortunes around. The team has suffered two defeats from their opening two games against hosts England and Bangladesh.