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Kohli to miss County stint, confirms BCCI

Sports Desk: India skipper Virat Kohli will miss his much-hyped county stint for Surrey due to a neck injury, which he suffered while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indian Premier League 2018.

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Earlier, it was reported that Kohli's stint in County cricket will be curtailed but now Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that the 29-year-old will give it a pass due to fitness issues.

“Virat suffered a neck injury while fielding during Match 51 of the IPL between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad on 17 May 2018 in Bengaluru,” said BCCI in a statement.

“Kohli, who was scheduled to play for Surrey CCC in the month of June, has been ruled out from participating,” BCCI added.

The No.1 ODI batsman was to make his County debut against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl in Southampton from 9 to 12 June. The second match was to be played against Somerset from 20-23 June at Guildford.

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However, Kohli, on the advice of BCCI’s medical team, will now undertake a fitness Test on 15th June, and is expected to be fit for India's tours of Ireland and England.

It should be noted that Kohli has had tremendous workload during the past year starting June 2017.
In this phase, he appeared in 9 Tests and 29 of the 32 ODIs that India played.

The batsman also played 9 out of India's 18 T20 Internationals.

In all, Kohli played 47 international matches with only Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya (48 each) playing a match more than him.

Add to it, the 14 IPL matches and his tally goes up to 61 in all.



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