Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara gives a glimpse on the hot topic “Will Virat Kohli Play in Final Test Match”. Indian test team skipper Virat Kohli has been ruled out of the second test against South Africa owing to an upper back injury where KL Rahul was replaced as skipper. While Hanuma Vihari was named as Virat Kohli’s replacement.
Will Virat Kohli Play in Final Test Match
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said just before the start of play in the second Test on Monday that Kohli had been ruled out with a spasm on his upper back.
“Officially, I can’t say much but yes, he is definitely getting better and I feel that he will be fit soon. The physio can answer this better and I am sure an update will come from the BCCI very soon,” Pujara told reporters on Wednesday.
KL Rahul who won the toss and opt to bat becoming India’s 34th Test captain. “Team India Captain Mr. Virat Kohli had a spasm on his upper back this morning. He won’t feature in the second Test against South Africa at The Wanderers.
The BCCI medical team will be monitoring him during the course of this Test match. KL Rahul will captain the side in his absence. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Jasprit Bumrah as vice-captain for the 2nd Test,” the BCCI had said in its statement.
Rahul had said at the toss that he hopes Kohli can recover for the second Test. “Unfortunately Virat has had an upper back spasm, the physios are working on him and hopefully he’ll recover for the next Test,” he said.
South Africa needs 122 runs to win the second test match between South Africa and India. Choosing to bat first India scored 202 runs for losing all 10 wickets. South Africa scored 229 runs in their first innings where Shardul Thakur picks an impressive 7 wickets.
In the second innings, South Africa restrict India to score 266 runs. SA scored 118 runs for 2 wickets loss and is in need of just 122 runs for the victory. But the play on the 4th day has been delayed due to the wet outfield. Notably, team India leads the 3 match test series by 0-1.