India v Australia, 3rd Test, Ranchi, 3rd day March 16, 2017

Kohli suffers strain in right shoulder, expected to continue playing Test


Virat Kohli is undergoing treatment after suffering a strain in his right shoulder on the opening day of the Ranchi Test and is expected to continue playing the Test, the BCCI has said. The board also stated that "there are no serious concerns which will hamper his speedy recovery" and he will continue to receive treatment, which will assist him to play the match.

Kohli suffered the injury in the 40th over of the day, when he chased a drive from Peter Handscomb off Ravindra Jadeja. Sprinting from mid-on towards the long-on boundary, Kohli dived to pull the ball back before it reached the rope, tumbled, and landed on his right shoulder as he did so.

He went off the field immediately, and did not return for the rest of the day, with Ajinkya Rahane standing in as captain. Kohli watched the rest of the day's play from the dressing room with an ice pack strapped to his shoulder.

Given that the injury is an external one, India have been told that Kohli can bat at any position he chooses to.

The ICC's playing conditions state that if a player is absent from the field for longer than eight minutes, the player, "shall not be permitted to bat unless or until, in the aggregate, he has returned to the field and/or his side's innings has been in progress for at least that length of playing time for which he has been absent or, if earlier, when his side has lost five wickets."

However, the clause does not apply if the player has suffered "an external blow (as opposed to an internal injury such as a pulled muscle) whilst participating earlier in the match and consequently been forced to leave the field. Nor shall it apply if the player has been absent for very exceptional and wholly acceptable reasons (other than injury or illness)."

Soon after the day's play ended, India's fielding coach R Sridhar had said Kohli had suffered a shock on the shoulder after landing badly and he was rested as a precautionary measure.

"Virat Kohli's injury, the exact status of it will be known by tomorrow morning," Sridhar had said at the time. "He's going to undergo some scans later today and we'll know the exact status of it tomorrow morning and what happened today is that we took a precaution to make sure he doesn't aggravate that injury.

"And as far as the technique of the dive is concerned I think it was quite an intense chase to the boundary line and in his intent to save that one run he stopped the ball and landed on his right shoulder when he rolled over. Impact was quite heavy because of the momentum he was carrying and so there was a shock on his right shoulder. That is the current status."

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Mark on March 18, 2017, 9:07 GMT

    Kohli appears physically and mentally a wreck. He continues to get out cheaply. Yet walks around clapping DRS calls and saying silly things. His fielding technique is poor and his core body strength is weak. He needs a rest from the game for the games sake.

  • persev1507162 on March 17, 2017, 16:59 GMT

    RIGHTARMULTRASLOW, well, fair enough. Let us hope that this rule is actually looked into. Either way, I thought Kohli looked rather gingerly when he was shadow practising. So he might not have batted at his usual number today, had the situation arisen. However like you said, probably something needs to be done about the rule. May be we can have some threshold like at least 50% of the time missed out on the field should be spent in the pavilion before coming out to bat in case of external injury.

    All for pragmatism, and loophole-free implementation of the rules.

  • moodev9710558 on March 17, 2017, 16:07 GMT

    Diesel loco, that does make for a valid point. I am all for fielders fully committing and saving a run and putting in everything they got in doing this. But it also comes with the disclaimer that injuries are bound to happen when you're putting in your all. I derive as much pleasure in a Greame smith trying to save a test with a broken hand batting at No9 or a Kumble with a plastered jaw trying to win India the match. That's the whole point of this. Keep going at all costs to win. But if someone tells me a fielder got injured and didn't spent a good part of 2 days on the field, to simply allow him to walk in at any position and bat is simply unfair.

    And at no point did I contest Kohlis importance in the Indian batting line up.

  •   Nandu Menon on March 17, 2017, 15:04 GMT

    Get in the disable list,take rest and get well please!!Let the Indian team play their normal game in the mean while!

  • persev1507162 on March 17, 2017, 14:57 GMT

    RIGHTARMULTRASLOW, but you see, this has been the rule for quite some time now. All this focus on the rule this one instance just goes to show how important Kohli is to this Indian batting lineup.

    And though it may not make sense upfront, please understand the intent behind the rule. Earlier when tailenders were batting, there were instances of openers simply going off, citing reasons like fatigue, and then coming out to bat, looking fresh. To avoid such things, this rule was brought into play.

    Remember that if you are so conscious not to hurt yourself, then the performance will suffer, We will no longer see fast throws from the outfield, or brilliant dives from fielders and batsmen alike. My understanding of the rule is that, an external injury is one that is caused by an external blow during play, unlike tiredness or stomach bug, which are not necessarily caused during play. Leave the rule as it is.

  • darkse3265494 on March 17, 2017, 14:44 GMT

    @DIESEL Thanks dude.i was actually planning to write like kohli but left it out by mistake.Sorry.i have nothing against aus.i love maxwell,lee,smith ,bailey and even i like aiden blizzard.But i reply only when they defame indian players.i like the aus players.but not some of their(and our)fans here .

  • moodev9710558 on March 17, 2017, 14:23 GMT

    The external injury exception to the clause makes no sense at all. Unless it's a meteor or lightening strike at third man or fine leg or wherever Kohli was standing, an injury caused to self due to the intent of trying to save a run is entirely self inflicted. I don't see how this is an external factors at all. Did the ground sudden cave in due to an earthquake? Did it rain in only the area where the fielder lost control? No. The fielder is always aware of the perils of a dive or a save resulting in injury. If you want to stay on the field and bat at your regular position, one can always choose to not save that one run instead.

  • persev1507162 on March 17, 2017, 14:18 GMT

    SILENTVOYAGER, well said, and good reply. I dont think even Haydos would endorse such comments slandering players. Extremely poor spirit shown here. I can say my grandmother would have averaged 199.94 had she lifted a bat in her life. That would be ridiculous now, wouldn't it?

    DARK SENTINEL, Aussies do have 10 centuries in IPL, but i get your point.

  • Nani on March 17, 2017, 13:59 GMT

    @BRINGBACKHAYDOS - Bullies become bullies to hide their weaker personality. You are the best example. You made it sound like game officials can be easily fooled in case of injuries. What a gibberish! Forget about your grandmother, why don't you try to bat in international cricket and try to score 10 runs, then you can talk about players who have an average of 50 in test cricket. You will now probably talk about Kohli's batting average in England. Almost every great batsman has a poorer average in some country and Kohli is no exception. But he is a great player and will certainly and can only do better from here. Stop your arrogance and try to show some sportive spirit. I am an admirer of Sachin, Lara, Gilchrist, Cook, Kallis, Sangakkara, and many other greats.

  • darkse3265494 on March 17, 2017, 13:57 GMT

    @bringbackhaydos then why are almost all the aussies playing in ipl.And why do none of them have centuries in it.

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