The Indian skipper Virat Kohli has suffered an injury on his right shoulder during the opening day of the third cricket Test against Australia here.
Virat Kohli has undergone scans and we are expecting the reports in the next couple of hours: BCCI #IndvAus— ANI (@ANI) March 16, 2017
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday confirmed that there were "no serious concerns" about Kohli's shoulder injury.
NEWS ALERT - Captain Virat Kohli recuperating from shoulder strain. Relevant investigations have revealed that there are no serious concerns pic.twitter.com/v5tgdZlKHx— BCCI (@BCCI) March 16, 2017
Kohli injured his shoulder in the 40th over when he chased a drive from Peter Handscomb off left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja. He went off the field immediately, and did not return for the rest of the day, with Ajinkya Rahane standing in as captain.
"Virat Kohli's injury, the exact status of it will be known by tomorrow morning," Indian team's fielding coach R. Sridhar said in the post-match press conference.
"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."
The 28-year-old landed on his right shoulder while diving to pull the ball back before it crossed the long-on boundary. This forced the prolific batsman to watch the rest of the day's play from the dressing room with an ice pack strapped to his shoulder.
Commenting on the technique of the dive, Sridhar said: "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."
"The 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," he added.
According to the International Cricket Council's (ICC) rules, 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."
It will be interesting to see if the umpires allow Kohli to bat at his regular position if India manage to bowl Australia out cheaply on Friday.
(With inputs form IANS)