JSCA International Stadium Complex in Rachi making its Test debut wasn’t much auspicious for the Indian skipper Virat Kohli as he suffered a shoulder injury while fielding on the Day 1 of the third Test against Australia on Thursday.
“Oh dear! Virat's in a spot of bother. Landed awkwardly chasing down the ball. Ajinkya will stand-in for him as he takes a break,” BCCI said in a tweet.
The 28-year-old batsman, who is highly regarded for his fitness, got injured in the 47th over when he landed uneasily on his right shoulder in attempt to save a ball from going towards the boundary rope.
Indian physiotherapist Patrick Farhart monitored Kohli’s right shoulder immediately and he had to leave the field.
In Kohli's absence, India’s vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane took charge of the blues.
Australia appeared on top on the opening day of the Test as they were on 194/4 at Tea with skipper Steve Smith (80*) at helm.