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IPL 2017: Virat Kohli Returns for Royal Challengers Bangalore, to Play against Mumbai Indians

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 13, 2017, 2:10 PM IST
IPL 2017: Virat Kohli Returns for Royal Challengers Bangalore, to Play against Mumbai Indians

Virat Kohli. (Image credit: BCCI)

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Royal Challengers Bangalore have got a major boost as their captain Virat Kohli has been declared fit and will be back in action against Mumbai Indians on Friday.

"India cricket team and RCB captain Virat Kohli declared match fit," a BCCI release said.

"The BCCI Medical Team confirmed that Indian Cricket Team and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has regained match fitness. He will now be available for RCB’s next match against Mumbai Indians on April 14 in Bengaluru," the release said.

Kohli missed RCB's first three matches as he underwent rehabilitation after injuring his right shoulder while fielding during the third Test against Australia at Ranchi.

The injury also forced him to miss India's series-sealing final test win over Australia in Dharamsala.

Kohli's side, who have lost Australia paceman Mitchell Starc and India opener Lokesh Rahul to injuries, have lost two of their three matches in the IPL.

Kohli, who had dropped hints of making a return after posting a video on his Instagram account of his gym session on April 11, did some fielding drills during the team's net session, on Wednesday.

Can't wait to get back onto the field. Almost there now 💪✌️😃. 14th April ⏳

A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on

Last year, Kohli had scored a staggering 973 runs in 16 matches with four centuries to guide RCB to the finals against Sunrisers Hyderabad and he would look to improve Bangalore's current sixth place standing on the points-table.

In Kohli's absence, AB de Villiers made his presence felt as he smashed his way to an unbeaten 89 off just 46 balls to help RCB post a respectable 148-4 on his comeback match after recovering from an injury.

The single-handed show by the South African, however, couldn't save the blushes of his team as RCB went down by eight wickets to Kings XI Punjab in their last match.

The poor form of Chris Gayle is also a concern for RCB. The West Indian power-hitter has been struggling to carve out big scores, which is reflected in his failure to score even one half century in his last 10 innings.

Gayle will be hoping to make a comeback in the team, especially after being dropped in the game against Punjab.

RCB also lost India batsman Lokesh Rahul for the entire tournament owing to an injury and the talented Sarfaraz Khan too hurt himself on the field during a practice match ahead of the tournament.

First Published: April 13, 2017, 9:58 AM IST
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