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Virat Kohli’s Back Ailment Resurfaces After 2018 As He Struggles On And off The Pitch

JOHANNESBURG:

Virat Kohli’s upper back spasm, which prompted him to miss the second Test against South Africa, could be a recurrence of the slip disc problem that led him to retire from English County cricket in 2018.
The Indian skipper missed what would have been his 99th Test match for the country on the morning of the second game against South Africa, adding to the fascinating drama that is unfolding around him on an almost daily basis now.
This came after the skipper had a fantastic net session at the Wanderers on Sunday afternoon, and coach Rahul Dravid made no mention of the skipper’s chronic back issues, which had reappeared after nearly three and a half years.

During a training session, Kohli had uploaded images of himself lunging forward and playing the on-drive. He appeared to be in excellent spirits during a strenuous net practise, only to suffer soreness on the morning of the Test match.
KL “The spotlight changes to the Wanderers as #TeamIndia have a chance to seal the series,” Rahul’s IPL franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore, captioned a photo of him.
Except for the fact that it was sent at 12 p.m. IST, more than an hour before Rahul, who is not a member of the RCB team, confirmed Kohli’s injury status at the toss, there was nothing incorrect with the tweet. To be fair, it didn’t mention Rahul as India’s captain.

Virat Kohli

Kohli’s back problems aren’t a new occurrence.

In 2018, he was diagnosed with a ‘herniated disc’ (slipped disc) and instructed by his doctor that if he wanted to play in the Test series that followed, he should not play county cricket for Surrey.
Surgery, which could have kept him out for three to four months, was not necessary.

A back spasm is characterised by a sudden tightening and pain in the back muscles. It could be due to overuse of the muscles or an injury.

In Kohli’s case, as a fitness freak who pushes his body to its limits, the danger of back injury is always high, and recovery takes longer as one approaches his mid-30s.

If Kohli is fit enough to play the third and final Test in Cape Town in less than a week, it implies the injury wasn’t too serious, comparable to Ajinkya Rahane’s hamstring strain that kept him out of the Wankhede Test despite having a complete practise session the day before.

Kohli must have been excited to play this game and rediscover his form, which had escaped him for nearly two years, with India ahead 1-0.
Surgery, which could have kept him out for three to four months, was not necessary.

A Back Spasm is a Sudden Tightening and Pain in The Muscles of The Back. It Might be Caused By Muscle Overuse or an Injury

In Kohli’s case, as a fitness freak who pushes his body to its limits, the danger of back injury is always high, and recovery takes longer as one approaches his mid-30s.

If Kohli is fit enough to play the third and final Test in Cape Town in less than a week, it implies the injury wasn’t too serious, comparable to Ajinkya Rahane’s hamstring strain that kept him out of the Wankhede Test despite having a complete practise session the day before.

Kohli must have been excited to play this game and rediscover his form, which had escaped him for nearly two years, with India ahead 1-0.

He was seen sombrely ambling around the Bull Ring before the game, clearly saddened by the fact that he would have to miss it.

His off-field relationship with the BCCI has deteriorated, and the establishment’s poster boy is no longer on good terms with the board’s senior brass.

Virat Kohli

Despite all of the “buzz,” even Dravid, who loves to stay a safe distance from controversies, said Kohli is being “phenomenal” around the team.

It was an acknowledgment that the fiery Indian Test captain is under strain, and that a series victory and at least one three-figure score, or something close to it, will relieve him of a significant burden.

Kohli would have addressed the media if the Cape Town Test, which begins on January 11, had been his 100th game in the conventional format. Dravid had ensured it on the eve of the second Test.

After being ruled out of contention for the second Test owing to “back spasm,” the megastar appears to be having a difficult time on the field as a batsman and off-field issues with the establishment.

It’s tough to predict whether he’ll be in the mood to answer media queries ahead of his 99th Test.

In any case, the gap in importance between 99 and 100 is so vast that one can only speculate on the likelihood of him not showing up.

Kohli, On The Other Hand, Is A Nonconformist who Could Accomplish Exactly What No One Expects Him To Do

If India wins the series in South Africa, what is left for the maverick superstar? More surprises could be in store for cricket fans, and no one knows where it will all lead in the coming months.

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