Kohli shrugs off injury fears, bats at No.4

 18 Mar 2017 - 11:35

Kohli shrugs off injury fears, bats at No.4
India's captain Virat Kohli reacts after he was injured while fielding during the first day of the third Test cricket match between India and Australia at The Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) Stadium Complex in Ranchi on March 16, 2017. (AFP / SAJJAD HUSSAIN)

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Ranchi, India: India skipper Virat Kohli Saturday turned out to bat at his usual position on day three, laying to rest injury concerns after a long absence from the field against Australia in the ongoing third Test.

Kohli hurt his right shoulder while fielding on Thursday and went off in the afternoon session on the opening day, leaving vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane to lead the side in his absence.

The star batsman underwent scans to his affected shoulder and was later cleared to play by the Indian board's medical team with no "serious injury concerns".

Kohli, who did not take to the field in the remainder of the Aussie innings, stayed off the ground for 400 minutes but batted at his regular number four spot.

Kohli, 28, walked out to bat at the start of the afternoon session after overnight batsman Murali Vijay lost his wicket at the stroke of lunch.

The captain was greeted with loud cheers by the home crowd at India's newest Test venue.

But Kohli's stay was short-lived after he was caught by his opposite number Steve Smith at second slip off fast bowler Pat Cummins for six. He faced 23 deliveries.

The four-match series between the world's top two sides is tantalisingly poised at 1-1 with India needing at least a draw to have any chance of winning back the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

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