Team India skipper Virat Kohli revealed that fitness concerns forced him to leave the field during the fourth India vs England T20I on Thursday. He had gone off the field at the end of the 16th over and watched the nerve-wracking proceedings from the dugout. He said that he left the field to avoid aggravating any potential injury.
“I ran for a ball; I dived and I threw it. So, I probably was not in the best position. But I just moved out to the outfield, and I was fielding in the inner ring, and the temperature drops really quickly.
“So your body tends to get stiff. So I just aggravated my upper chord a little bit. I didn’t want to make it into a niggle or an injury,” Virat Kohli said during the post-match presentation ceremony.
Rohit Sharma took the onus for the last 4 overs as the hosts held their nerves to level the series 2-2, beating England by 8 runs. Virat’s absence during the last few overs raised doubts over his availability for the 5th T20I.
The 32-year-old, however, insisted that he should be fit to take the field for the series decider on Saturday.
“It is nothing serious. I should be fine by the day after tomorrow because we have a game in the evening. So probably took a smart decision to come off and not sprint 5-6 times and do it up more because we have an important game coming up,” he added.
Virat Kohli also praised SuryaKumar Yadav for his Man of the Match performance. The 30-year-old, Surya, top-scored with a blistering 31-ball-57 in his first international outing with the bat.
“Special mention to Surya in his first game. I think he batted outstandingly well. Similar to Ishan; these guys are quite fearless having played world-class bowlers in the IPL. The idea was to give enough opportunity to them to score runs at the international level so that guys in our squad are confident,” said Virat.