In a major scare for team India ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 opener against South Africa, Skipper Virat Kohli seemed to have picked up a minor thumb injury during India’s practice session at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton. Most teams in the World Cup have got their campaign underway already and India will be the last team to start on June 5. They played a couple of warm-up games to get into the groove ahead of the tournament and are sweating it out in the nets now. The Men in Blue will face South Africa in their opening game and will be hoping to get going from the word go. However, they have been jolted with an injury scare to their skipper Virat Kohli.
Kohli is crucial to India’s chances in this mega event and the way he has batted recently in the ODIs, the management will be backing the captain to lead from the front. With the openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan not in the best of nicks and an uncertain middle-order, Kohli’s role will be to hold the innings from one end and score runs consistently.
Kohli appeared to be in a bit of discomfort
However, Virat Kohli appeared to be in a bit of discomfort after hurting his thumb during the training session on Saturday at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton according to recent reports. Even the team’s physiotherapist Patrick Farhart attended him and assessed the situation. Later he applied the spray to Virat’s right thumb.
Moreover, after some time, Virat Kohli was seen walking off from the ground with his thumb immersed in the glass of ice water. Reportedly, he also didn’t train after getting hurt and these are really worrying signs for the Indian fans as they will be banking on Kohli to score runs in the tournament proper. Though there is no official statement on what actually happened in the middle, the pictures coming through suggest that the Indian captain was definitely in pain.