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India will breathe a sigh of relief after captain Virat Kohli’s shoulder injury turned out to be nothing more than a strain.
Kohli, who is expected to keep playing against Australia in the ongoing third Test in Ranchi, injured his right shoulder in the 40th over on the first day while diving to prevent a ball from going over the boundary.
The 28-year-old immediately clutched his shoulder and trudged off the field after receiving treatment from the physiotherapist.
While he did not return for the rest of the day, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have made it clear that “there are no serious concerns which will hamper his speedy recovery”.
Since Kohli’s injury is an external one, he will be permitted to bat at whatever position he chooses.
According to the International Cricket Council (ICC) rules, if a player is off the field for more than eight minutes, the player “shall not be permitted to bat unless or until, in the aggregate, he has returned to the field and/or his side’s innings has been in progress for at least that length of playing time for which he has been absent or, if earlier, when his side has lost five wickets.”
However, these rules do not apply if the player has sustained “an external blow (as opposed to an internal injury such as a pulled muscle) whilst participating earlier in the match and consequently been forced to leave the field. Nor shall it apply if the player has been absent for very exceptional and wholly acceptable reasons (other than injury or illness).”