India captain Virat Kohli was forced to miss the on-field action for a few overs during the last session of Day 3 of the third Test against England at Lord’s on Saturday.
Kohli, who also suffered a sore back during the tour of South Africa earlier this year, walked seen spending some time off the field during the third session.
While Chris Woakes and Johnny Bairstow were tormenting the Indian bowlers, Kohli had to leave his troops to treat his sore back. Reports suggest that he was feeling his lower back and that is where he perhaps received treatment.
Kohli scored a gritty century in the first Test against England at Edgbaston, which was also his maiden hundred in the country. In a match where none of the batsmen apart from Sam Curran in the second England innings managed to put up a good score, Kohli exorcised the demons of 2014 England tour and scored a hundred and a half century in the second innings.
Despite Kohli’s best effort, India lost the match by 31 runs and went 1-0 behind in the five-match series.
Lord’s Test, a crucial one for India in the series, started on a bad note for the visitors when the dry conditions of Lord’s completely turned out due to the first day being washed out.
The second day was also marred by rain but the toss finally took place, which was won by Joe Root as England decided to bowl first.
Kohli and his batting troops once again faltered as India were bowled out for just 107 runs. On the third day in London, the sun shone bright as England took the field to bat.
Even as the bowlers gave India early breakthroughs with Mohammed Shami being the pick of the lot, Bairstow and Woakes stitched together a huge partnership to peg India back again.
With the Test slipping out of India’s hands, Kohli’s troubled back could mean even bigger problems. Even during the second session of the day, Kohli sat out for some time but it is not confirmed if that was due to the back problem.
Kohli returned to the field in the 71st over and smiled to his teammates, perhaps indicating that he was fine, but it remains to be seen how problematic this re-occurence of the back problem could be.
During the South Africa tour as well, Kohli went off the field during the second T20I with what he later termed as a glute strain. He later missed the third and final T20I of the series citing a sore back.
Ahead of the England tour, Kohli also suffered from a neck sprain that saw him missing out on a county experience with Surrey.