India’s 2019 World Cup campaign is yet to get underway and their first encounter is against South Africa on June 5 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. India is one of the favourites to get its hands on the coveted trophy and one of the reasons behind is batsman Virat Kohli, the 30-year-old Indian captain, who has been setting new benchmarks of batting with his stupendous levels of consistency.
However, the Men in Blue was encountered with a scare ahead of their opening match as Kohli hurt his right thumb during a training session in Southampton. At the end of the session, he walked off with his finger dipped in a glass filled with ice. Team’s physiotherapist Patrick Farhart attended Kohli for quite some time. But, it was not clear whether he developed the injury in a fielding drill or in the nets.
However, the good news is that it has recently been learned the Delhi-born Kohli has been declared fit as per reports in Business Standard. A source in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the news on India’s premier batsman and mentioned that there’s no point of concern by any means. Kohli even practised in the nets and completed his training session, much to the team management’s relief.
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It is no brainer that Kohli needs to fire on all cylinders if India is to go on and win the World Cup. After making his international debut way back in 2008, Kohli hasn’t looked back and kept racking up records at will and with sheer authority. Last year, he became the fastest batsman to complete 10,000 runs in the ODI format against the Windies, surpassing the legendary Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.
As far as this World Cup is concerned, India played a couple of warm-up matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh in London and Cardiff respectively. Kohli got out for 18 versus the Black Caps before falling prey to Colin de Grandhomme. Against Bangladesh, he was cleaned up by Mohammad Saifuddin after he looked promising with a knock of 47 runs, carved with five glorious boundaries.