ENG v IND 2021: WATCH - Virat Kohli bats in the nets during Lunch on Day 2 of India's warm-up fixture

Virat Kohli is not a part of the playing XI owing to stiffness in his back.

Virat Kohli | GettyTeam India is currently playing a practice match against Select County XI to get some match practice ahead of the five match Test series against hosts England slated to begin from 4 August at Trent Bridge.

While the Indian team were bowled out for 311 in their first innings, pacers Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav provided early breakthroughs to reduce the Select County XI to 44-3 at Lunch on Day 2.

India captain Virat Kohli who is not a part of the playing XI for this practice match owing to stiffness in his back, had a net session while the teams had gone in for Lunch on Day 2. Durham Cricket shared a video of skipper Kohli getting down and defending balls with little to no discomfort.

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Hi @imVkohli A lunch time net session for the @BCCI captain at Emirates Riverside,” Durham Cricket captioned the video on social media.

Have a look at Virat Kohli batting in the nets during Lunch on Day 2:

Earlier, while the fans were shocked not to see skipper Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane’s name in the team sheet, BCCI had clarified by issuing a statement saying that Kohli felt some stiffness in his back and Rahane had a mild swelling around his hamstring and, thus, the duo couldn’t take the field for the warm-up fixture, which started on Tuesday (July 20).

BCCI also posted a video of Kohli having a net session at Emirates Riverside, and wrote, "Captain @imVkohli batting = Pure bliss #TeamIndia"​​​​​​​.

Captain Virat Kohli felt some stiffness in his back on late Monday evening and he has been advised rest from the three-day first-class warm-up game by the BCCI Medical Team. Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has mild swelling around his left upper hamstring. This has been addressed by an injection. He is not available for the three-day first-class warm-up game,” BCCI said in a media release.


By Swapnil Shireesh Javkhedkar - 21 Jul, 2021

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