Australia vs India: Virat Kohli not concerned about his back injury
Kohli looked in utter discomfort while batting in the first innings in Melbourne.
Updated - Jan 2, 2019 11:02 am
Team India is constantly playing cricket and are on road since the first week of December now. There is no respite for the players after the Test series as they will be playing the ODIs against Australia and New Zealand and then the T20 Internationals as well against the Kiwis. All this workload has led to Virat Kohli’s back injury cropping up against and again. However, the Indian captain is not much concerned about it and has brushed off any issue terming it as a ‘niggle.’
Kohli was in extreme pain during the Lord’s Test in England last year and also looked in discomfort during the third Test against Australia. He went for his shots after being troubled by his back and eventually missed his century which was there for the taking. Ahead of the Sydney Test, his fitness will also be crucial for the visitors as India aim glory and history in the next few days.
It’s nothing new
Virat Kohli stressed that he’s facing the back issue since 2011 and has been able to cope with it well because of his superb fitness. “I’ve had this issue since 2011, it’s nothing new. I’ve been able to manage it because of the physical effort I’ve put in over the past few years. And when you have a back that has these issues you can only maintain it that way,” he said while speaking to the reporters.
The 30-year-old added that it takes mostly two to three days to get back to normal and one has to manage the injury well. “If the workload gets high it can get into a spasm, I mean you don’t necessarily get serious issues, you get fine in two or three days.
“I’m not too concerned with it, you just have to manage it physically and stay ahead of the injury and I have been able to do it for now. I’m sure I’ll find other ways and more options to keep countering that,” Kohli added.