Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli speaks on Injury Concerns.
Before the fourth test match against Australia had begun, India was reeled back by news of their spearheads being injured. Joining Prithvi Shaw in missing out the remainder of test series was India’s front-line spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who had failed to recuperate in time for the concluding test of the series from an abdominal strain he had sustained in the first test match of the series. Also, side-lined from the match was Ishant Sharma who was injured during the third test.
The Indian team is no stranger to injuries though. In recent time, the high workload on the team, paired with the little time given to recover between series has seen players being burnt out, suffering injuries at will. One such player who has suffered the brunt of excessive matches is the Indian skipper himself who ever since 2011 has been playing international cricket with a back injury.
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Kohli’s injury once again came to the forefront during the third test match against Australia at the MCG where the skipper was seen once again battling with his reoccurring back problem, one that saw him miss out on what would have been a well-made and extremely deserved century. The injury had surfaced in India’s visit of England as well, forcing him off the field during the second test between the two sides in 2018.
Opening up about his injury, Kohli was seen speaking at length about the back problem that he currently suffers from and how he’s taken to managing it to ensure it doesn’t blow out of proportion.
Virat Kohli Speaks on Injury Concerns
“When the workload gets high, it can get into a spasm. You don’t really get serious issues, you get fine in 2-3 days but at that point in time, you get into a spasm. That’s very easy to heal so I am not too concerned with it.” he added.
“I’m sure I’ll find other ways and more options to keep countering that. I mean, it’s impossible to keep going without niggles and I think its fine to have a few niggles here and there. You just need to be able to manage it.”
Virat also took the opportunity to address the injury problems that spinner Ashwin has been suffering time and time again, causing him to miss the second, third and fourth test match of the ongoing series.
Kohli Speaks on Injury Concerns
“Well, it’s unfortunate that Ashwin has had two niggles quite similar in the last couple of away tours (England and now Australia). He, more than anyone else, will be focused to correct this,” the skipper said. “The physio and the trainer have spoken to him in terms of what’s required (from him) in order to get over that injury. He is very important for sure. In Test cricket, he is a vital part of this team and we want him to be 100 per cent fit and for a longer period so that he can contribute to us more in the Test format,” he further added.
Is injury concern a longer termed concern?
While star performers and key players have been seen getting the occasional rest by the BCCI in between series, most recently as was seen in Kohli’s case when he was rested for the Asia Cup, the high intensity of the matches being played and the frequency they come in is a long-term problem which needs to be assessed and corrected by the ICC and BCCI. In a year that will see the ODI World Cup shortly follow the IPL, 2019 is a year that will require players to be managed and treated more cautiously than ever.