[caption id="attachment_715630" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-715630" alt="Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Kohli-Shastri-afp.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Ravi-Shastri">Ravi Shastri</a> has come out in support of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virat-kohli">Virat Kohli</a>. Kohli s much-awaited Surrey stint has been cancelled by BCCI due to the a recently diagnosed neck sprain. Speaking to <em>Mumbai Mirror</em>, Shastri said that Kohli is a human being, not a machine, justifying the board s decision to rest him: He had to skip the county stint because he is not a top dog. He is not a machine but a human being. It is not a case of putting rocket fuel up his backside and getting him on the park. Even a top dog can t be given rocket fuel up his backside, the coach added. The top dog comment is in reference to Moeen Ali calling his RCB skipper a potential star at Surrey. <p></p> <p></p>Kohli suffered a neck injury during Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on May 17. Speaking of workload, Kohli appeared in 9 Tests, 29 ODIs and 9 T20Is for India since June. To add to the tally, he also played all 14 matches for RCB in IPL 2018. <p></p> <p></p>Kohli was to play 6 games for Surrey in June. With this neck injury, Kohli may even miss the initial part of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india">India</a>'s tour of Ireland and England.