Today a BCCI Press release has confirmed that India and Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli will miss the initial stages of the 2017 Indian Premier League, starting from the 5th of April after failing to recover fully from the shoulder injury.
Even AB de Villiers will be leading the Royal Challengers Bangalore unit if their regular captain Virat Kohli fails to recover from his shoulder injury in time for the Indian Premier League 2017 opener against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 5. Ab De Villiers will arrive in Bangalore on April 2.
Speaking at the post match presentation ceremony after the Dharamsala Test Kohli had said,”Still a few weeks to go till I can be 100% on the field. You have to take it in your stride and move forward.”
After the series, Kohli said that he does not feel 100 percent fit and will be out for a couple of weeks and can only assess after talking to the physiotherapist.
Kohli was in phenomenal form in last year’s IPL, scoring 973 runs for Bangalore. He also shared some brilliant stands with De Villiers. Bangalore reached the final of IPL 2016 but lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Kohli got injured in the third Test against Australia in Ranchi when he fell awkwardly on his right shoulder while fielding on the fence. He then missed the fourth Test in Dharamsala.
Yet another key member of the squad KL Rahul has already been ruled out of the full season of the IPL, also due to a shoulder injury.
The last few days have seen not just players from the Royal Challengers but also other franchisees losing out on their star cricketers, with R Ashwin also ruled for the Rising Pune Supergiants and the likes of Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja also missing out on the action.
These are some tough times for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who are facing a bit of a minor crisis with Kohli out of the intial games, Rahul out for the season and de Villiers also not fully fit.