- The Indian skipper suffered an impact injury during the 3rd Test in Ranchi.
- Shreyas Iyer has already been called in as a back-up for his replacement.
Virat Kohli’s availability is the biggest question right now for the Indian cricket fans. India and Australia will square off one last time in the Test series at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Saturday. The series is currently levelled at 1-1 and at any cost Kohli would want to win this Border-Gavaskar Trophy to add another feather to his cap before the end of the home season.
The Indian skipper suffered an impact injury during the 3rd Test in Ranchi. He had even gone off the field for two days and yet he came out to bat with that injured shoulder. However, in terms of runs Kohli has not had a happy series unlike the previous ones. The run machine surprisingly averages only 9 with a high score of 15 and a total tally of 46 runs in 5 innings. That is extremely unlike-Kohli.
"I am no different from anyone. Me being hundred per cent fit is the only condition that I will take the field. Every match is crucial for me. I want to be hundred per cent fit. Impact injury is an impact injury. I have taken medication. I will still take some more time to decide on whether I will play on not," Kohli said at the press conference on Friday.
If Kohli decides not to play the final Test match of the series, which would mean Ajinkya Rahane would step up as the captain. Shreyas Iyer has already been called in as a back-up for his replacement.
But no matter what, Kohli’s very presence in the field is what India would need to regain that impetus and tame the Aussies. The aggression and that belligerence will go missing if Kohli does not play on Saturday.
Right now, every Indian fan will be hoping that Kohli would walk out in the middle along with Steve Smith for the toss in Dharamsala on Saturday.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 7:01 PM IST