Bengaluru: As anticipated Indian captain Virat Kohli will be missing the first few matches of Indian Premier League (IPL) season 10.
South African AB de Villiers will lead the Royal Challengers Bangalore side in the absence of Kohli. “He (Virat) will arrive in Bangalore on April 2. Between now and then, the BCCI doctors and physio will speak to us and our medical staff will get a clearer picture. Right now, we don’t have a clear picture on his availability. We’ll know in the next few days.
The likely scenario is that AB de Villiers will take over the duties, but we’ll answer that once we find out if Virat is out,” confirmed Daniel Vettori, the coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Indian captain injured his right shoulder while trying to stop a boundary on the first day of the third test match against Australia in Ranchi. He was forced to stay away from action in the fourth and final test match at Dharamsala.Kohli did hinted that he could take a few weeks to recover completely.
Bangalore will be also missing the services of Mitchell Starc. The Aussie speedster took himself away from this edition of IPL to keep himself fresh for the forthcoming Champions Trophy in England in June. The Challengers have roped in England’s Tymal Mills, who could step into Starc’s absence.
Speaking about Mills, who will be making his IPL debut, Vettori said, “I hope he (Mills) would be the ideal replacement for Starc. We don’t want to put that sort of pressure on him. Starc is a top-class bowler and Mills is only finding his way into international and franchise cricket now. We want him to do well, but he will go about it in a different way than what Mitchell did.”