Shane Watson named stand-in skipper

In a statement issued to, Amrit said that Kohli will not take the field for the first "few" matches."Virat Kohli, the RCB Captain will be missing the first few matches of the VIVO Indian Premier League owing to an unfortunate shoulder injury.

His presence on field is dependent on him passing the fitness tests and we hope for a strong recovery for him. In the interim, Shane Watson, will lead the RCB team as the stand-in captain."The Chairman hailed the Australian all rounder who will be playing his second season for the Royal Challengers.

Watson was the league's third highest wicket taker in the previous edition."Shane has been one of the top performers and a great mentor for the team, making him an ideal choice to lead the team this season till Virat is back on field."

This would also mean that Watson will continue to lead even when AB de Villiers comes back in the first home game against the Daredevils.

Thomas also stated that Kohli will be with the team to boost their morale off the field and when they open their campaign tomorrow against SRH."Virat who is a core pillar of the RCB team will be working closely with the RCB coach Daniel Vettori and mentoring the team to make sure the team hitting the field on April 5 and beyond is well prepared and motivated to play bold like always.

We have a line-up of exceptional young batsmen who are strong assets to the team and we hope to see our bold team to come together to create new milestones this season."We wish Shane Watson all the luck to lead the troops successfully and get us off to a winning start.

Sourced from, 4 April 2017

Posted on Wednesday 5th April 2017
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