RCB New Captain in IPL 2017 After Kohli Injured
AB de Villiers
Question in detail
Virat Kohli out of IPL 2017: RCB might begin the 10th season of IPL without their skipper Virat Kohli. Kohli will take time to recover his shoulder injury he suffered during Australia Test series in March. How much? This is not officially declared yet. However, the picture will clear when the BCCI doctors and the RCB's medical team speak about his fitness in the next few days. So, his availability in the initial stage of the tournament is in doubt.
5 days before the start of IPL 2017, RCB's head coach Daniel Vitori announced the team's succession plan on who will lead the side if Virat is unfit. The likely scenario requires AB de Villiers to take over the responsibilities in Kohli's absence. So, if Kohli misses out, De Villiers will be RCB's new captain in IPL 2017.
Virat sustained an injury in his right shoulder while fielding in the Ranchi Test. The injury caused the Indian skipper to miss the Dharamshala Test, the series decider. At the end of the series, Kohli told that he would take a few weeks to regain full fitness. It's been weeks, but Kohli hasn't yet recovered fully. And this gets Virat Kohli out of IPL 2017, for initial stage though.
Even if RCB's new captain in IPL 2017 is decided, Kohli's absence will articulately stonewall team's quest to win the maiden IPL crown. The league's all-time scorer, Kohli has missed just one game for RCB in nine years. He has scored 4110 runs at an average of 38.41 in the tournament so far. In the last season alone, Kohli scored 973 runs. He was just 27 runs short of the 1000-run mark in a season. RCB has no other player who can fill up Kohli's vacuum. And this gets enough reason to mount RCB's worry.
Who will lead RCB in the initial stage of IPL 2017 if Virat Kohli is unfit?