Ravi Shastri confident Virat Kohli will be fully fit for Trent Bridge Test
Ravi Shastri reported that Virat Kohli was making good progress in practice ahead of the third Test. @Getty

Ravi Shastri, India’s coach, has expressed confidence that Virat Kohli will be back to full fitness for the third Test against England staring Saturday at Trent Bridge.

Kohli was forced to leave the field with a back injury during England’s only innings of the second Test at Lord’s last week, and did not bat at his customary No 4 spot when India came out to bat a second time. After the innings defeat on Sunday, Kohli said he was optimistic of getting back to full fitness for the third Test at Trent Bridge.

On Thursday, speaking to reporters in Nottingham, Shastri reported that the Indian skipper was making good progress.

“He is feeling much better. You saw him in the nets, he is moving much better and improving by the day,” he said.

Kohli is India’s leading run-getter of the Test series with 240 from four innings at an average of 60, with Hardik Pandya’s 90 runs the next best. Asked about how India stand to cope with James Anderson, Stuart Broad and the rest of England’s fast bowlers at Trent Bridge, and Shastri said that greater mental strength was the need of the hour.

“When the occasion demands, it’s a case of mental resolve, how you put mind over matter,” he said. “Mental discipline will be the key as far as batsmen are concerned going forward in this Test match. Conditions have been tough, as you have seen right through this series. But that’s where character and discipline comes into play, the resolve to know where your off stump is, to leave a lot of balls, be prepared to look ugly and dirty and show some grit.”