Virat Kohli returns to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) camp ahead of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 opener against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. RCB will be looking to avenge their defeat in the final of IPL 2016 held at Bengaluru which they lost by a whisker. Kohli returned to the RCB camp to meet his teammates and motivate them ahead of the IPL 2017 opener as owing to his shoulder injury, he would not be playing in the initial matches of the T20 extravaganza.
Kohli on his return to the RCB camp had a wide smile on his face. The RCB skipper met West Indies opener and teammate Chris Gayle with open arms. The Instagram video also features the England left-arm pacer Tymal Mills who was bought for a whopping Rs. 12 crore in the IPL Player Auction 2017 sitting on a sofa.
Kiwi fast bowler Adam Milne too was in the video and greeted the injured captain. Kohli will not be leading the side because of his shoulder injury that he incurred during the Ranchi Test trying to save a boundary on Day 1 against the Australian team in recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
RCB would miss Kohli as he was the leading run-scorer of the previous tournament and made a record by scoring 4 centuries. In his absence, former Australian T20 skipper Shane Watson will be the leading the side in the IPL opener. Watson is leading because AB de Villiers too would not be playing in the first few matches.
It seems like RCB have been struck by an injury wave ahead of this season. After Kohli and KL Rahul, de Villiers and the most recent one being Sarfaraz Khan would not be available due to a leg injury he suffered during a practice match.