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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 forced him to miss the second Test against South Africa, could be a return of the slip disc issue that kept him out of English County cricket in 2018.
On the morning of the second game against South Africa, the Indian captain missed what would have been his 99th Test match for the country, adding to the fascinating drama that is happening around him on an almost daily basis now.
This came after the skipper had a terrific net session at the Wanderers on Sunday afternoon, and coach Rahul Dravid, as usual, made no mention of the skipper’s nagging back concerns, which had reappeared after nearly three and a half years.

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Kohli, in fact, had uploaded photos of himself lunging forward and playing the on-drive during a training session. He appeared to be in good spirits as he went through a vigorous net session, only to experience pain on the morning of the Test match.
KL Rahul’s IPL team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, had posted a photo of him with the caption “The emphasis switches to the Wanderers as #TeamIndia have a chance to seal the series.”
There was nothing wrong with the tweet except that it was sent at 12 p.m. IST, more than an hour before Rahul, who is not a member of the RCB team, announced Kohli’s injury status during the toss. Although, to be fair, it did not name Rahul as India’s captain.

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Virat Kohli

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

He was diagnosed with a ‘herniated disc’ (slipped disc) in 2018 and was told by his doctor not to play county cricket for Surrey if he wanted to play in the Test series that followed.
The situation didn’t necessitate surgery, which could have kept him out for three to four months.

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 the case of Kohli, who is a fitness nut who pushes his body to its maximum, the risks of back injury are always high, and recuperation takes longer when one reaches his mid-30s.

If Kohli is fit enough to play the third and final Test in Cape Town within a week, it means the injury wasn’t too significant, similar to Ajinkya Rahane’s hamstring strain that kept him out of the Wankhede Test despite having a full session at the BKC Indoor Centre the day before.

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With India leading 1-0, Kohli must have been eager to play this game and reclaim his form, which has eluded him for nearly two years.
The situation didn’t necessitate surgery, which could have kept him out for three to four months.

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 the case of Kohli, who is a fitness nut who pushes his body to its maximum, the risks of back injury are always high, and recuperation takes longer when one reaches his mid-30s.

If Kohli is fit enough to play the third and final Test in Cape Town within a week, it means the injury wasn’t too significant, similar to Ajinkya Rahane’s hamstring strain that kept him out of the Wankhede Test despite having a full session at the BKC Indoor Centre the day before.

With India leading 1-0, Kohli must have been eager to play this game and reclaim his form, which has eluded him for nearly two years.
Before the game, he was observed sombrely ambling around the Bull Ring, apparently sad at having to miss the game.

If his on-field form has dwindled, his off-field connection with the BCCI hasn’t helped matters, as the establishment’s poster boy is no longer on good terms with the board’s top brass.

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Virat Kohli

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So much so that even Dravid, who prefers to keep a healthy distance from controversy, noted that Kohli is being “phenomenal” around the squad despite all of the “noise.”

It was an admission that the fiery Indian Test skipper is under pressure, and that a series victory and at least one three-figure score, or something near to it, will lift a great weight off his shoulders.

If the Cape Town Test, which begins on January 11, had been his 100th game in the traditional format, Kohli would have undoubtedly addressed the media. On the eve of the second Test, Dravid had guaranteed it.

It does not appear to be the greatest of times for the megastar, who is facing on-field troubles as a batsman and off-field differences with the establishment after being ruled out of contention for the second Test due to “back spasm.”

It’s impossible to say with any surety if he’ll be in the mood to face questions from the media ahead of his 99th Test.

In any event, the difference in relevance between 99 and 100 is so great that one can only wonder what the chances are that he won’t show up.

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

What remains for the maverick superstar if India wins the series in South Africa? There could be more shocks in store for cricket fans, and no one knows what it will all lead to in the coming months at this point.

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