Kohli in doubt for series decider in Dharamsala

RSTV Bureau
Dharamshala: Indian cricket captain Virat Kolhi with Shreyas Iyer during a practice session on the eve of the last test match against Australia at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala, March 24, 2017. Photo - PTI

Dharamshala: Indian cricket captain Virat Kolhi with Shreyas Iyer during a practice session on the eve of the last test match against Australia at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala, March 24, 2017.
Photo – PTI

In what could be a setback to Team Indian ahead of the series decider against Australia, skipper Virat Kohli is in doubt due to his shoulder injury. The two teams play the final test at Dharamsala starting Saturday. The four match Border-Gavaskar Trophy is currently tied 1-1.

Kohli injured his left shoulder on the first day of third test at Ranchi while saving a boundary. Young Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer has been called as cover.

The team management has, however, told that Iyer is strictly for cover and final call on Kohli’s selection could be made just before the test match that begins 9:30 AM tomorrow.

It is also learnt that Kohli’s inclusion in the playing eleven will depend on his fitness test conducted in the morning session. In fact, the India captain today skipped batting at the net session, trying to give his shoulder the much needed rest.

Dharamsala: Indian cricket captain Virat Kolhi with team's physiotherapist Patrick Farhart during a practice session on the eve of the last test match against Australia at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala, March 24, 2017.  Photo - PTI

Dharamsala: Indian cricket captain Virat Kolhi with team’s physiotherapist Patrick Farhart during a practice session on the eve of the last test match against Australia at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala, March 24, 2017.
Photo – PTI

Today, Kohli was present at the ground with his teammates. With a bandage on his right shoulder and bicep region, Kohli took part in the customary warm-up. He did some under-arm throwing during fielding practice.

The series has seen top-class competitive cricket with both teams striking a tantalising balance.

As the results shows, the series has been tad close, perhaps even more. The third test which ended in a draw saw some remarkable comeback from both the teams at various points after conceding grounds.

The series has also witnessed a spat between the two camps beginning with the controversy in the Bengaluru test over Australia captain Steve Smith seeking a signal from his dressing room to use the review after being given out in the second innings. The rules bar any consultation by the players in the middle.

That incident gave rise to an acrimonious pitched battle and counter-accusations but was doused by the two cricket boards.