Kohli’s county stint likely to be curtailed with injury

New Delhi: Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s much-anticipated stint with English county is likely to be cut short after he suffered a neck sprain, according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sources.

The top BCCI source told ANI that Kohli had met orthopaedic doctor and that the 29-year-old has been advised to take rest.

He might now miss some of the matches for his county side Surrey.
Earlier this month, Kohli had signed a deal with top English county side Surrey ahead of England Test tour later this summer and was all set to miss his country’s inaugural Test match against Afghanistan, starting in Bengaluru on 14 June.

Virat Kohli will play English domestic cricket in the lead-up to India’s five-match Test series against England, beginning at Edgbaston on August 1.

Kohli will become the fourth Indian Test player in English county cricket this season, with Ishant Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara preparing for the series against England at Sussex and Yorkshire respectively, while Varun Aaron, who played the last of his nine Test matches in 2015, is representing Leicestershire.

It seems that the non-stop cricket is taking a toll on Kohli’s body. In last one year, the Indian skipper had appeared in 47 of the 59 international matches.

Kohli, who had missed one of the ODI games during India’s tour to South Africa earlier this year due to neck sprain only, had recently led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the ongoing 11 the edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).