Virat Kohli took a blow on his thumb during the third ODI against West Indies in Trinidad on Wednesday. He was hit by a bouncer from the Windies fast bowler Kemar Roach in the 27th over of India’s run chase of 255 at the Queen’s Park Oval.
The Indian captain was in pain, but after being attended to by the physio, he continued batting to lead the Men in Blue to a series-clinching six-wicket win.
“I don’t think it’s a fracture; otherwise, I wouldn’t have continued (batting). It’s just a split of the nail,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
When asked about the condition of his thumb, he said: “Luckily, it’s not broken. When I got hit, I thought it was worse than what it turned out to be. But it’s not broken, so I should be good for the first Test.”
Kohli played an unbeaten knock of 114 from 99 deliveries, his 43rd ODI century and second of the three-match series after the 120 in the second game at the same venue, which guided India to a 59-run win under DLS method.
He also moved closer to Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries. The 30-year-old batsman now needs seven more ODI tons to surpass the batting legend.
Meanwhile, India won the three-match ODI series against West Indies 2-0.
The first Test between the two sides begins on August 22 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound in Antigua.