BCCI says both senior players will be available for first Test against England
The niggles, the BCCI said in a media release, would not hamper the availability of the senior pair for the first Test against England, which
starts at Trent Bridge from August 4.
In Kohli’s absence, Rohit Sharma led the Indians in the warm-up match, which has been classified as a first-class game. BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in the media release that Kohli, who was at the ground, “felt some stiffness in his back late Monday evening” and consequently was prescribed rest by the board’s medical team. However, the Indian team management would be more concerned by Rahane’s fitness, considering the first Test is about two weeks away. According to Shah, Rahane, too, was being “monitored” after he reported “mild swelling around his left upper hamstring” which “has been addressed by an injection.” Shah, however, said that Rahane “is expected to fully recover well in time” for the first Test.
Khan, who was picked for the tour as a reserve bowler, hurt his thumb after successfully intercepting a punchy straight drive from Hanuma Vihari. Immediately he signaled to the Indian dressing room and walked out wincing in pain, alongside the physio, with a strapped thumb. The BCCI has not yet provided an update on Khan’s injury, which could be a suspected dislocation.
Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo