Royal Challengers Bangalore star AB de Villiers has expressed his delight after the BCCI declared Virat Kohli match fit on Thursday (April 13).

The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper has not played a single game since injuring his right shoulder during the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Test last month. But the Indian cricket star has now fully recovered from the injury and the BCCI stated that he is fit to lead his team again in the Indian Premier League.

“The Indian Captain had undergone rehabilitation after sustaining an injury to his right shoulder and has now recovered to be able to participate in VIVO IPL 2017,” the BCCI said in a statement.

The news will surely be a massive boost for the last year’s runners-up as they are struggling to do well in the absence of their maverick skipper. The team has lost two of their opening three games but will look to start afresh when Kohli returns to the team. The 28-year old is likely to return during his team’s fourth game of the season against Mumbai Indians on Friday (April 14).

Excited by the news, de Villiers took to Twitter to express his delight.

“Good to have @imVkohli back to full fitness and up for selection against the @mipaltan,” he tweeted

Both de Villiers and Kohli were instrumental when RCB made it to the summit clash where they lost against Sunrisers Hyderabad and the team will be hoping for a turnaround in their fortune when Kohli and de Villiers take the field together in the upcoming matches.

The camaraderie between the two is well known in the cricketing circles and the Protea star had earlier said how he loves to see the India skipper’s passion.

“I am a few years ahead of him. I think I was very similar to him — played the game with a lot of passion, energy, and good skills, working hard at your game, not accepting defeat at all,” de Villiers had told ‘ESPNCricinfo’.

“His passion is something I love watching him. He is giving me that passion in my old age.

“Something he has learnt from me is maybe to control things a bit better, stay calm under pressure, and sometimes to hide the passion a little bit in order to make clear decisions and right decisions,” he had said.

    An avid sports lover, i always wanted to pursue a career in football. But just like the millions out there i did not put in the hard work needed to achieve my dream and now i have become a fan instead of the player. Anyway, writing for sports has kept me closer to this field. One more thing, yours sincerely is a die-hard Liverpool fan. You will never walk alone.

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