In what is the brightest news for IPL fans, the Board of Cricket Control In India ( BCCI) has declared Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, Virat Kohli, match fit, clearing him to participate in the rest of the Vivo IPL 2017.
This announcement means that it is confirmed captain Kohli will be the part of the starting XI which is set to take on Mumbai Indians in Bangalore on April 14.
“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.
RCB fans were in utter disappointment to see their skipper being unavailable. Kohli inflicted a shoulder injury after a bad fall in the third Test against Australia during the Border – Gavaskar Series last month.
Subsequently, he was initially sidelined and it was initially being reported that he may skip the entire tournament to regain full fitness keeping the Champions Trophy in mind. However, Kohli seems to have made a rapid recovery and is now ready to march his troops.
Virat Kohli will replace opener Vishnu Vinod in the playing XI.
RCB has suffered the pains of playing without its top players. Apart from Kohli, batting stars like KL Rahul and AB de Villiers (he was unavailable in the first two games) were absent. The consequence has been an indifferent start to the tournament where they have lost two matches and won one to languish at sixth place in the table.
In the absence of these names, the onus of performing and taking the team ahead fell on the experienced shoulders of Chris Gayle and Shane Watson. This duo, unfortunately, hasn’t been up to the mark.
Mumbai Indians will be now facing a tough time planning out their strategy to face the full strength RCB side.