There were concerns surrounding the health conditions of Virat Kohli after his wife Anushka Sharma posted about the India star batting ‘through sickness’ on Day 4 of India against Australia in the final Test in Ahmedabad. It was shortly after Kohli had gotten out for 186 that Anushka revealed on her Instagram story that he played through sickness with his composure. The post creates a storm on social media with people worried that he played a sedate knock en route to his first Test century after three years.
After stumps, India all-rounder Axar Patel was asked a question about Kohli’s health, to which he replied: “I don’t know. The way he was running between the wickets, it didn’t look like he was sick. In such hot weather, he forged such a great partnership and ran so well. It was fun batting with him.”
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The reports of Kohli being ill were a bit off given he was always on the field, but he was later seen standing at the slip cordon and fielding throughout the fifth day. The million-dollar question was then asked to skipper, Rohit Sharma shortly after the fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023 ended in a draw making India victorious with a 2-1 result. He said, “I don’t think he is sick; he was just coughing a little bit, but I don’t think it’s that bad health-wise.”
Kohli ended his 40-month-long wait for a Test century – his 28th. A lot has changed since Kohli scored his 27th century in November of 2019 – he was still India’s all-formats captain. Virat Kohli had returned to form in white-ball formats since last year’s Asia Cup when he smashed his maiden T20I century and then struck two ODI tons in three matches recently. Test cricket was the only format where Kohli looked a bit out of sorts but this knock, which earned him the Player of the Match award.
Talking about the same, Rohit Sharma said, “Regarding Virat, I don’t think there was any monkey on his back. When you’re around a player like that, when you see how they go about their business, you don’t feel that kind of thing going in his head or he’s thinking about anything. He is just thinking about the moment.”
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He further added, “He wants to put up big performances for the team which he has done in the past so many years and wants to do that every time he gets the opportunity to do it for India. I don’t think he is sick; he was just coughing a little bit, but I don’t think it’s that bad health wise.”