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Brendon McCullum trolls AB de Villiers’ injury ahead of RCB’s opener in IPL 2017

Brendon McCullum, who will play for Gujarat Lions in the 2017 Indian Premier League, has trolled AB de Villiers and the mounting injury list in the Royal Challengers Bangalore team as they gear up for the opener against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

ipl 2017 Updated: Apr 05, 2017 10:45 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Brendon McCullum,AB de Villiers,Royal Challengers Bangalore
Brendon McCullum has trolled Royal Challengers Bangalore’s injury list, stating that Daniel Vettori, the coach should be included in the team.(Hindustan Times)

Royal Challengers Bangalore have been ravaged by injuries before the start of the 2017 Indian Premier League. Virat Kohli will miss some matches as he will undergo a fitness assessment only in the middle of April while AB de Villiers will miss the opening match due to a back injury. KL Rahul will miss the whole tournament due to a shoulder injury while Sarfaraz Khan, the 19-year-old dashing batsman, could miss the entire tournament due to a knee injury. (Full coverage IPL 2017)

Ahead of RCB’s opening game against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad, de Villiers confirmed on his Twitter handle that he was disappointed to miss the match. The injury had forced him to miss a domestic one-day match for the Titans in South Africa.

However, RCB’s growing injury list has caught the attention of Brendon McCullum, the former New Zealand skipper who is playing for Gujarat Lions. He trolled de Villiers and stated that the RCB coach himself must be included in the team.

RCB’s coach is Daniel Vettori, who has played for both RCB and Delhi Daredevils. The left-arm orthodox spinner, who played in 113 Tests and picked up 362 wickets, has been coach of RCB since the 2014 season. De Villiers said that it would be fun to get Vettori back in the squad while McCullum was confident that he can still take wickets and bowl economically.

Royal Challengers Bangalore have been deemed the favorites to win the IPL this time. The team has lost in the final of the tournament in 2009, 2011 and 2016 but with injuries plaguing the team, the task has become difficult.

First Published: Apr 05, 2017 09:29 IST