India’s stand-in captain KL Rahul, who led the team in the recent Test loss to South Africa in Johannesburg gave an update on the injuries of regular captain Virat Kohli and fast bowler Mohammed Siraj during the post-match presentation.
South Africa defeated India by 7 wickets in the Johannesburg Test match to level the three-Test series 1-1, as India had won the first match in Centurion by 130 runs. South Africa captain Dean Elgar led from the front as he scored 96* to anchor one end of the chase of 240 runs. With this Test match win, South Africa also created history as they defeated India in a Test for the very first time at this venue of the Wanderers.
India was given a huge blow before the match got started, as Virat Kohli had to pull out of what would have been his 99th Test match. It was revealed that Kohli suffered an upper back spasm and hence it was decided that he will miss this match. KL Rahul who was named vice-captain in place of Rohit Sharma for the Test series led the Indian team for the first time in Tests.
During the post-match presentation, KL Rahul talked about Virat Kohli’s injury status and said: “Virat is already feeling better, he’s been doing a bit of fielding and think he’ll be fine.”
Kohli was seen taking throwdowns from India head coach Rahul Dravid before day three began and showed no discomfort in lightly hitting the balls.
We Need To Monitor Him In The Nets: KL Rahul On Mohammed Siraj’s Injury
On the other hand, fast bowler Mohammed Siraj had pulled up on day one of the second Test at the Wanderers in mid bowling stride and had clutched his right hamstring. He pulled out in the delivery stride of in the sixth ball of the 17th over in South Africa’s first innings. He called for the physio and after a brief talk, decided to walk off the field to get treatment.
Siraj returned to bowl on the second day and also bowled in the second innings, but failed to get any rhythm.
“With Siraj, we need to monitor him in the nets. It’s tough to come back immediately from a hamstring issue, but we do have a good bench strength in the form of Umesh and Ishant,” Rahul said while giving an update on Mohammed Siraj’s fitness.
The third and final Test will be played at Newlands from January 11.