Kohli’s availability in doubt for Dharamsala Test, Iyer called up

Virat Kohli

Mumbai top-order batsman Sheryas Iyer has been called up as a cover for India skipper Virat Kohli, who injured his right shoulder during the third Test in Ranchi.

“It made sense to have a back-up batsman because in case of a contingency it is very difficult to reach a place like Dharamsala,” a BCCI source said to ESPNcricinfo. “We will know more on Virat tomorrow.”

Kohli appears to have not yet fully recovered from the injury that he picked up while making a diving stop on the boundary on the first day of the match. He spent the remainder of Australia’s first innings off the field, but later returned to bat at his usual number 4 slot and field in the second innings. Though, he was seen marshaling his troops from the slip position for most part of Australia’s second innings, unlike his normal cover or midwicket position.

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Today (March 23), India captain skipped batting practice and was seen only throwing underarm with his bandaged right shoulder. It is still not clear whether he will feature in the fourth Test. Ajinkya Rahane is likely to lead India side in Kohli’s absence.

Iyer is selected on the back of incredible domestic run: he enjoyed a breakout first-class season in 2015-16 where he aggregated 1312 runs, becoming leading run-scorer in the Ranji Trophy. In 2016-17 first-class season, he once again became the leading run scorer with 725 runs at 42.94.

The 22-year-old also scored a double hundred against Australia in a tour game at Brabourne Stadium last month.

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