New Delhi, May 24 India captain Virat Kohli's much-hyped participation in the English County Championship was today ruled out due to a neck injury, throwing his meticulously planned build-up for the tour of United Kingdom into disarray.
India captain Kohli, whose expected move to England would have represented a first ever overseas contract, picked up the issue in the IPL clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad last Thursday. The India captain will not be training for the next three weeks with a BCCI press release saying he will only resume on June 15 at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. The decision was made keeping in mind the upcoming series in England.
Virat revealed that although there were no paparazzi in the Lapland capital city of Rovaniemi near the Arctic Circle, they still bumped into some Indians there. While Kohli had been looking forward to his County stint with much excitement, the news of the injury comes across as a downer. Kohli is one of the players whose workload is of concern for the BCCI and Team India Head Coach Ravi Shastri (the others being pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Hardik Pandya).
Indian media reports said Kohli had a disc injury and went to a Mumbai hospital on Wednesday, but the official said the star batsman "is suffering from fatigue".
In the past year, Kohli has appeared in nine Tests and 29 of India's 32 one-day internationals, and nine of their T20s. There is no confirmation on whether or not Kohli will play the two T20 Internationals against Ireland, scheduled to be held ahead of the England tour.
Featured in 47 out of 59 worldwide matches played by India in this period.