Skipper Virat Kohli's participation in the fourth and deciding Test match against Australia hangs in the balance with Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer called as cover to Dharamsala.
Kohli had suffered a serious right shoulder injury during the Ranchi Test in which he played through pain. Iyer, who is flying in on Friday morning, may not be able to reach on time for the training session which starts at 9:30 am.
It is learnt that Kohli's inclusion in the playing eleven will depend on his fitness test conducted in the morning session.
In fact, the India captain on Thursday skipped batting at the net session, trying to give his shoulder the much needed rest.
Young right hander Iyer has been rewarded for his prolific showing in domestic cricket for Mumbai over the last two seasons. In fact, the attacking batsman hit a double hundred in the warm-up game against Australia at the CCI Stadium. Even though Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc were rested during that match, Iyer's innings was praised by one and all.
In Thursday’s practise session, Kohli was present at the ground with his teammates. With a bandage on his right shoulder and bicep region, Kohli took part in the customary warm-up. He did some under-arm throwing during fielding practice.
Perhaps it was more to do with not exerting pressure on his hurt shoulder.