Durham: India’s Test captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane will not play anymore in the ongoing three-day warm-up match against County Select XI in Durham due to a stiff back and left hamstring swelling respectively, the BCCI confirmed on Tuesday. Rohit Sharma will lead the side.
In an official statement, BCCI revealed that Kohli had felt some stiffness in his back the previous evening and was hence advised rest. “Captain Virat Kohli felt some stiffness in his back on late Monday evening and he has been advised rest from the three-day first-class warm-up game by the BCCI Medical Team,” the release said.
“Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has mild swelling around his left upper hamstring. This has been addressed by an injection. He is not available for the three-day first-class warm-up game. The BCCI Medical Team is monitoring him, and he is expected to fully recover well in time for the first Test against England starting from 4th August at Nottingham,” the release added.
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Meanwhile, India suffered another injury scare as pacer Avesh Khan suffered a thumb injury while bowling against the visitors. He got injured when he tried to stop a ball hit by Hanuma Vihari in the 35th over. Avesh had bowled 9.5 overs for 41 runs without picking up a wicket.
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“Fast bowler Avesh Khan sustained a blow to his left thumb on Day 1 of the warm-up game. He has gone to get a scan. The BCCI Medical Team is monitoring him,” BCCI added. Avesh and allrounder Washington Sundar were turning up for County XI after ECB requested BCCI to allow two players as a couple of their players were ruled out.