Indian captain Virat Kohli suffered a shoulder injury during India-Australia third Test at Ranchi and was subsequently ruled out of the fourth and final Test at Dharamsala. Now the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain is likely to miss the start of upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Also Read - Indian Cricket Team Kit Sponsorship: Puma Buys Bid Document, Adidas Too Could Enter fray
After India won the fourth Test, Kohli during the post-match presentation indicated that it could take him few weeks to recover fully. “It’s still a few weeks to go before I can be 100% on the field.But these things happen in your career. You have to take it in your stride and move forward,” he said. Also Read- Virat Kohli in doubt for start of Indian Premier League Also Read - ICC ODI Rankings: Kohli, Rohit Maintain Hold Over Top-Two Batting Slots as England And Ireland Players Move Upwards
“It (shoulder) is not fine as of now. I don’t know exactly. The physio will give an official statement soon on the time span,” Kohli said in a press conference after the match. Also Read - England vs Pakistan: If it Was Virat Kohli Everyone Would be Talking But Not so For Babar Azam: Nasser Hussain
IPL 10 starts on April 05 with RCB taking on defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the opening match. In case Kohli, who is nursing shoulder injury, remains unfit it will be interesting to see who captains RCB in his absence.
Experienced campaigner AB de Villiers looks like the most suitable contender to lead Royal Challengers till Kohli recovers fully. However, De Villiers himself has been out of action due to injuries and while he is making a comeback captaining the side could mean an extra burden on him. Also Check- Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2017: Complete squad, key players and team profile of RCB
Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson seems another possible name to lead RCB.
After facing SRH in the season opener, RCB are scheduled to play Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab on April 08 and April 10 respectively. Going by Kohli’s statement that it could take him few weeks to recover it looks RCB will have to find Kohli’s replacement not only as a batsman but as captain as well for first three games at least.