As the time is coming near for India’s series opener in the ICC World Cup 2019, injury scare for any player can pose a great threat. However, the team got a big blow as they suffered a big injury scare on Saturday as the captain Virat Kohli injured his thumb. He got hurt in the practice session at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. However, everyone is expecting he recovers from the injury before their first game against South Africa on June 5.
As soon as he got injured, physiotherapist Patrick Farhart immediately looked into it and applied some spray so that Kohli can bear the pain before he applied ice on his injury. However, the captain then left the practice and returned to the dressing room. As the team have to play nine games because of the format this year, team management could take a bold decision over Kohli’s thumb injury if he doesn’t get fit ahead of the clash.
India captain Virat Kohli is one of the key players of India who can change the game single-handedly. He has been in formidable form for the last couple of years and his inclusion in the team is enough to scare the opponents. He has scored more than 7,000 ODI runs at an average of 59.57 and he has 41 centuries in his name in just 219 innings.
However, India didn’t have a great outing in the first warm-up game where they lost to New Zealand by six-wicket. But the second warm-up game went in their name as they defeat Bangladesh by whopping 95 runs where former captain MS Dhoni and KL Rahul both smashed centuries and helped India to put up 359 for 7. Chasing the total, Bangladesh were bundled out within 264.
On the other hand, South Africa have started their World Cup tournament with a loss. The suffered a 104-run loss to England in their first game of the World Cup. It will be interesting to see whether Kohli will be able to play or management would decide to give him rest.