What to expect from Royal Challengers Bangalore this IPL

UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2017 09:49 AM IST
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Virat Kohli's shoulder injury came as a rude shock for India ahead of the Dharamsala Test. Eventually, for the first time since he began his Test career in 2011, the Indian cricket team captain had to sit out due to injury. And now, he might miss the early part of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) due to the same reason. The 28-year-old Kohli, who is Royal Challengers Bangalore's captain, hinted that he might be out of the field for 'a few weeks.' The IPL is starting on April 5 with a match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad. With just eight days to go for the game, Kohli's statement about the duration he might take to recover has raised doubts over his participation in IPL. “Still a few weeks to go till I can be 100 per cent on the field. You have to take it in your stride and move forward,” Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony of the Dharamsala Test, which India won by eight wickets to clinch the series. In a press conference he added: “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.” The Royal Challengers also has matches on April 8 (vs Delhi Daredevils), April 10 (vs Kings XI Punjab). So, even if Kohli takes two weeks to recover fully from his shoulder injury from now, he will miss at least three matches. Kohli had hurt his right shoulder in the Ranchi Test when he looked to stop a boundary at wide long on. He dived but he landed heavily on his right shoulder.


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