Virat Kohli is likely to miss out the opening match of IPL 2017 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Indian captain Virat Kohli for the first time in his cricketing career has to sit out due to injury in the 4th test against Australia, played at Dharamsala. And now Virat is at the risk of missing out the IPL opener as he yet to recover from his shoulder injury.
“Still a few weeks to go till I can be 100 per cent on the field. You have to take it in your stride and move forward,” Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony of the Dharamsala Test
The Indian Premier League (IPL) starts from 5th April,2017, with the opening match between the last year champion Sunrisers Hyderabad and the last year runners up Royal Challengers Bangalor.
In a post match press conference he added: “It (shoulder) is not fine as of now. I don’t know exactly. The physio will give an official statement soon on the time span.”
The Royal Challengers captains Virat Kohli is doubtful after he hurt his right shoulder in the Ranchi test and missed out the Dharamsala Test. In the very last moment the news came up from the Indian dressing room, that Virat won’t be in the playing XI because he is not 100 per cent match fit.
In the pre match press conference Virat said “I am no different from anyone. No special treatment for me and the same rule applies for anyone. Me being 100 per cent fit is the only condition that I will play tomorrow,” but unfortunately he has to sit out for the first time since he began his Test career in 2011.
As Virat will be leading team India in the ICC Champions Trophy, hosted by England in June, It would be interesting to see whether Virat Kohli risk his fitness by making a hurried return in IPL.