Royal Challengers Bangalore’s injury concerns have now become a laughing stock for the cricketing fraternity. The recent response from former Kiwi Captain, Brendon McCullum, to a good luck tweet for his team from RCB stalwart AB de Villiers vindicates this fact.
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) April 4, 2017
De Villiers, who is set to miss this year’s opening clash between RCB and the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad due to a back injury, expressed his disappointment via twitter while wishing the new stand-in skipper, Shane Watson, and the entire RCB team good luck for the tournament opener on April 5. McCullum in his response took a hearty laugh over RCB’s long list of injuries and even advised that they need to field their coach Daniel Vettori to cope with their injury concerns.
It is to be noted that RCB are suffering from injuries to their key players like KL Rahul (out of the tournament due to a shoulder surgery), Virat Kohli (set to miss few games due to shoulder injury sustained during Ranchi Test), AB de Villiers (out of the season opener due to back concerns) and the latest, Sarfaraz Khan (out of the tournament due to a leg injury). RCB got a serious blow to their campaign even before India- Australia series when Australian Pacer, Mitch Starc pulled out of this year’s IPL.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 2, 2017
Virat Kohli’s availability will be decided in the second week of April after his fitness assessment by RCB doctors as well as by Team India Physios. Virat recently posted a message to thank his supporters while updating them about his recovery and his intended return on the field.
RCB are to face Sunrisers Hyderabad in the season opener in Hyderabad. The defending champions are almost without any injury concerns though they have a question mark over the availability of Bangladeshi paceman, Mustafizur Rahman.