NEW DELHI: Out-of-form striker Virat Kohli is likely to miss the first ODI against England at the Oval on Tuesday after sustaining a groin sprain in the third T20 International.
The extent of Kohli’s problems is still unknown, but the Indian team management would not hesitate to give the 33-year-old veteran a break so that he is available for the next two games at Lord’s (14 July) and Manchester (July 17). ).
“Virat had a groin sprain in the last game. Can’t confirm if it happened during the pitch or during the batting. He will likely miss the first ODI tomorrow at Oval as the groin needs support. rest,” a BCCI source told PTI conditionally. of anonymity.

It was learned that Kohli did not travel from Nottingham to London on the team bus and the reason may have been a stopover to get checked by a doctor to assess his condition.
On Monday, only the players selected for the ODIs – Shikhar Dhawan, Shardul Thakur and Prasidh Krishna – had an optional net session at the London Oval ground.
This could also be the reason behind the postponement of India’s squad selection for the five-game T20I series in the West Indies and the United States. The team will be announced on Tuesday.

Kohli’s place in the T20 is repeatedly questioned by pundits, including former greats like Kapil Dev and Virender Sehwag, although skipper Rohit Sharma has strongly backed his longtime colleague.
According to people familiar with the developments in the Indian camp, Kohli has asked the entire West Indies series to rest. In the event that he is not on the team, whether that qualifies as “rested” or “abandoned” will be a matter of guesswork.
Charter flight to the Caribbean
BCCI has decided to fly the Indian team to the West Indies on a special charter flight from Manchester to Port of Spain due to the COVID-19 threat.
“The Indian team will take a charter flight to the Caribbean,” the source informed.

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