'Those bragged about his fitness have faces in mud now' - Twitter reacts as Virat Kohli misses Johannesburg Test with back injury

‘Those bragged about his fitness have faces in mud now’ – Twitter reacts as Virat Kohli misses Johannesburg Test with back injury

In Kohli's absence, KL Rahul has been given the opportunity to captain the side for the pivotal contest. 

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

South Africa and India are all set to lock horns with each other for the second Test match at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. However, what comes as a big blow for India is that Virat Kohli will miss the Test. In his absence, KL Rahul has been given the opportunity to captain the side for the pivotal contest.

India has won the toss and elected to bat first in the second Test match. At the toss, Rahul stated that Kohli is having an upper back spasm and that is the reason behind him missing the match. In his place, Hanuma Vihari has been given a green signal to feature in the team. Other than this forced change, team India hasn’t made any tweaks in their setup from the last game.

It is a no-brainer that for every cricketer it is a dream to lead the side in the longest and the purest format of the game. Rahul gave an update about Kohli’s fitness and then expressed his feelings on getting the opportunity to captain India.

“Virat is having an upper back spasm. Every Indian player dreams to captain his country. Really looking forward to this. We will look to put some runs on the board and put the opposition under pressure. Hanuma Vihari comes in for Virat. No other change,” Rahul said at the toss.

Virat Kohli looked in fine touch with the willow in the first Test. He added 35 runs to the team’s account in the first innings. Whereas his dismissal in the second innings fetched in mixed reactions as the cricketing fraternity and on-lookers put forward their opinions on him playing the outside off-stump deliveries.

Hanuma Vihari replaces Virat Kohli on the side

The batter did not find a place in the setup in the Centurion Test. This led to a lot of debates as there were opinions that Vihari should have found a spot instead of Pujara or Rahane in the team. The batter recently toured South Africa with India A  for the unofficial Tests. He will now look to make most of the opportunity he has received.

India is on the cusp of creating history as they head on to this match after having secured a win at Centurion. If India manages to clinch another victory, the team will register their maiden Test series win in the country.

Here is how Twitter reacted to Virat Kohli missing the second Test: 

https://twitter.com/aslamixed/status/1477909338740051968?s=20