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India captain Virat Kohli will undergo scans on his right shoulder after injuring it on the first day of the third Test in Ranchi.
Kohli sustained the injury in the 40th over of the day when he was chasing a ball that was driven by Australia batsman Peter Handscomb.
As the ball was nearing the boundary, Kohli dove in an attempt to stop it from going over the rope. In the process of doing so, he landed on his shoulder and immediately clutched it after getting up.
The 28-year-old was tended to by the physiotherapist before walking off the field. He didn’t return for the remainder of the day, but was seen icing his shoulder.
In the press conference that took place following the conclusion of the opening day, India’s fielding coach R Sridhar revealed that severity of Kohli’s injury is still unknown.
“Virat Kohli’s injury, the exact status of it will be known by tomorrow morning,” Sridhar said. “He’s going to undergo some scans later today and we’ll know the exact status of it tomorrow morning and what happened today is that we took a precaution to make sure he doesn’t aggravate that injury.
“And as far as the technique of the dive is concerned I think it was quite an intense chase to the boundary line and in his intent to save that one run he stopped the ball and landed on his right shoulder when he rolled over. Impact was quite heavy because of the momentum he was carrying and so there was a shock on his right shoulder. That is the current status.”
Should Kohli miss the rest of the series, it would be a huge blow for India even though he only managed to score 40 runs in the first two Tests at an average of 10.