Indian batter Virat Kohli might end up missing the first ODI against England after sustaining a groin injury during the final T20I, as per reports.
As of now, the extent is unknown but the experienced batter will likely be rested in order to avoid aggravating the injury. The first ODI will be played at the Kennington Oval in London on July 11.
“Virat has a groin strain during last game. It can’t be confirmed whether it happened during fielding or while batting. He will probably miss first ODI tomorrow at Oval as the groin needs rest,” a BCCI source told PTI on condition of anonymity.
The reports also mentioned that the 33-year-old opted out of traveling to London from Nottingham, where the third T20I took place. He underwent a medical assessment of which the results haven’t been revealed.
Kohli’s place in the side has come under the scanner repeatedly, especially with the excellent performance of Deepak Hooda. Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma came to the defence of Kohli, claiming his past performances should not be overlooked.
“When a player is doing well for so many years, then one or two bad series does not make him a bad player. We should not overlook his past performances. We who are in the team know the importance of the player. They have got all the right to talk about it but it does not matter for us too much,” he noted.
Moreover, Kohli reportedly asked the BCCI to rest him from the upcoming white-ball tour of the West Indies. The T20I squad for the same was supposed to be announced but it has been delayed to Tuesday.
India’s squad for 3 ODIs:
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, J Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Shami, Mohd Siraj, Arshdeep Singh