Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson will lead as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening stages of the Indian Premier League 2017. Watson will take the responsibility until Virat Kohli makes full recovery from a shoulder injury sustained during the third Tests match against Australia.
Watson had received two-time of the player of the tournament award. Earlier, he has skippered the now-suspended Rajasthan Royals franchise. After Kohli was ruled out for his shoulder injury, the head coach of RCB Daniel Vettori hinted that AB de Villiers would captain the team.
AB de Villiers also pulled out in the final of the Momentum One Day Cup – due to back pain. He advised taking rest for a couple of days and likely to begin his IPL 2017 in RCB’s first match against Delhi Daredevils on April 8th.
When asked team chairman Amrit Thomas said by an official media release, “Virat Kohli, the RCB captain will be missing the first few matches of the VIVO Indian Premier League owing to an unfortunate shoulder injury. His presence on the field is dependent on him passing the fitness tests and we hope for a strong recovery for him,” said team chairman.
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The release added that “In the interim, Shane Watson, will lead the RCB team as the stand-in-captain. Shane has been one of the top performers and a great mentor of the team, making him an ideal choice to lead the team this season till Virat is back on field.”
The 19-year-old RCB’s player Sarfaraz Khan is likely to miss the IPL which suffered a leg injury during the practice match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. He picked up the injury, sliding to catch the ball and suddenly appeared to be in pain.
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RCB head coach Vettori said “Owing to a leg injury during the final Bangalore-based practice match session, Sarfaraz Khan will most likely be unavailable to play as a part of the RCB squad this VIVO IPL and we are evaluating the same with the BCCI. His absence will be definitely felt on-field and we wish him a speedy recovery.”