Captain Kohli’s stint with Surrey has been cancelled due to fitness issues.
Virat Kohli will now be moving with the rest of the Indian cricket team to play both the T20s against Ireland.
Earlier it was not possible due to his stint with Surrey in county cricket. Therefore making him available only for the 2nd T20.
The planning was that Kohli will play three 4-day games and as many List A matches. He also had a fixture which was overlapping and that was the game at Malahide.
However, things were destined to happen in a different manner as he now has fitness issues. Kohli reportedly complained of a neck sprain. This lead to the cancellation of his county contract. The Indian captain had signed it to help himself get ready for the hard and competing tour of England.
It is also said that now the Delhi batsman is going through the recovery process and should be in good shape for the matches in the England and Wales.
Now that he is not playing county cricket, he will be available from the first game against Ireland (T20) at Malahide on June 27 to the last Test versus England at the Oval which starts from the 7th September.
According to TOI, a source has quoted that “Surrey was an option; the England tour is a responsibility. He’s taken a break whenever there was a need for it. That’s why he sat out of the last T20 in South Africa and did not play in the Nidahas Trophy.”
The source also talked about the importance of King Kohli’s fitness and said that “It shows that priorities are well in place. It’s unfortunate that Virat hasn’t been able to leave for Surrey but recovering fully in time is the more important thing,”
It is also reported that the Indian captain is training in Mumbai under batting coach Sanjay Bangar and will undergo a fitness test at the NCA on June 15.
the article has been submitted by Bhrigu Bhagga