India captain Virat Kohli was on Thursday ruled out of playing for County side Surrey after he suffered a neck injury during the ongoing 11th edition of the Indian Premier League. Kohli was scheduled to play for Surrey in the month of June ahead of India's tour of England.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday stated in a press release that Kohli's participation has been ruled out after the 29-year-old injured his neck while fielding for Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 51 of the IPL 2018 against Sunrisers Hyderabad at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
"This decision was taken following assessments by the BCCI Medical team, subsequent scans, and a specialist visit," the BCCI said.
The Team India captain will now undergo a period of rehabilitation under the supervision of the BCCI Medical team.
He will begin training and subsequently undergo a fitness test at the NCA in Bengaluru from June 15.
"The BCCI Medical Team is confident that Kohli will regain full fitness ahead of India’s upcoming tours to Ireland and England," the board added.
Earlier on Thursday, it was being reported that Kohli has suffered a slipped disc. However, BCCI's confirmation now effectively rules out that possibility.
Meanwhile, there is no denying that Kohli has had tremendous workload during the past one year starting June 2017.
In this phase, he appeared in nine Tests and 29 of the 32 ODIs that the national team played. He also played 9 out of India's 18 T20 Internationals.
In all, he played 47 international matches with only Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya (48 each) playing a match more than him.
Add to it, the 14 IPL matches and his tally goes up to 61 in all.