Kohli had decided to miss the one-off Test against Afghanistan, starting June 14 in Bengaluru, to appear in county matches Image: Twitter
There was months of hype around Virat Kohli's participation in the English County Championship. So much so, that many former Indian and English cricketers almost got into a war of words over the Indian captain's decision to avoid the Afghanistan Test and represent Sussex in June.
Now, we have really some sad news.
Kohli will not play for Surrey due to a neck injury. The tour was supposed to help him gear up for the England tour, which will start in the first week of July.
Kohli will require a three-week rehabilitation to recover from the injury, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) stated.
The 29-year-old will undergo a fitness test on June 15 at the National Cricket Academy, which will confirm his availability for the initial phase of the UK limited-overs tour starting with two T20 Internationals against Ireland in last week of June.
India will begin the series against England with T20Is in early July.
Kohli, who was scheduled to play for Surrey CCC in the month of June, has been ruled out from participating. This decision was taken following assessments by the BCCI medical team. Amitabh Choudhary, BCCI acting secretary
"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 May 17, 2018, at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru," BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a press release.
“Kohli, who was scheduled to play for Surrey CCC in the month of June, has been ruled out from participating. This decision was taken following assessments by the BCCI medical team, subsequent scans, and a specialist visit," the release further stated.
The Indian captain will now undergo a period of rehabilitation under the supervision of the BCCI medical team.
“The BCCI medical team is confident that Kohli will regain full fitness ahead of India's upcoming tours to Ireland and England," the statement further read.
The batting mainstay had decided to miss the one-off Test against Afghanistan, starting June 14 in Bengaluru, to appear in county matches.
Kohli had visited a hospital in Mumbai for a check-up yesterday and it was reported that he is suffering from a slip disc injury and will not be playing for Surrey ahead of the UK tour.
A top BCCI official, who is privy to Kohli's county engagements, clarified that it was a case of "neck sprain" and not a "slip disc injury" as reported.
There's no denying Kohli's tremendous workload during the past one year.
In this phase, he appeared in nine Tests and 29 of the 32 ODIs that the national team played. He also played nine out of India's 18 T20 Internationals.
One question that begs to be answered is why did Kohli not rest himself from a few matches during the IPL?
The BCCI has already put a programme in place where the centrally contracted cricketers' workload and injury management is monitored through the NCA.
(With inputs from PTI)