Indian cricket team’s captain Virat Kohli who got injured during the Ranchi Test against Australia is fighting a battle to get fit for the Indian Premier League starting on 5th April. Kohli missed the final Test against Aussies at Dharamshala due to the shoulder injury, revealed that he is doubtful for the initial matches of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Speaking to the media after India’s crushing 2-1 series victory, he said, “It’s still a few weeks to go before I can be 100% on the field.But these things happen in your career. You have to take it in your stride and move forward.”
Virat Kohli was signed by the Royal Challengers Bangalore at a very young age. Since then, he has grown a lot as a player over the last one decade. He took over the captaincy of RCB from former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming who is now the coach of the side. RCB will start its campaign in the inaugural game against the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on 5th April.
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Former Australian batsman Brad Hodge who is now the coach of Gujarat Lions side questioned Virat Kohli by saying that he missed the final Test to play in the IPL. “You’d hope as a sportsman that he’s seriously injured. I’m hopeful, as a Gujarat Lions coach, that when we play RCB in a couple of weeks, that he’s not playing,” Hodge was quoted by ‘Daily Telegraph’ as having told Fox Sports News’ Gameday Live.
“Because if you miss one game of Test match cricket and you’re fronting up the next week for RCB versus whoever, Bangalore, at Chinnaswamy Stadium — you’d be pretty dirty if he did not front up to a Test match and try and win a valuable series against Australia — which has been pretty spiteful as well,” said Hodge who played five Tests and 25 ODIs between 2005 and 2008. You would think that your captain would get out there and get the fight and get in there,” Hodge added.