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IPL 2017 – Ab De Villiers to lead RCB if Kohli not there.

IPL 2017 - Ab De Villiers to lead RCB if Kohli not there.

AB de Villiers will lead Royal Challengers Bangalore if Virat Kohli fails to recover from a shoulder injury for the IPL opener next week against Sunrisers Hyderabad. According to Daniel Vettori, Royal Challengers’ head coach, Kohli will join the squad on April 2 and then reassess a date of return with the team’s medical staff.

Vettori said there was no clear picture on Kohli’s return date. He will come in on April 2. Between now and then, the BCCI doctors and physio will speak to us and our medical staff will get a clearer picture, Vettori said as RCB assembled for the season’s first training session in Bangalore. Right now, we don’t have a clear picture on his availability. We’ll know in the next few days.

According to Vettori, de Villiers would be on standby if Kohli is unavailable. De Villiers, who will play for Titans in the Momentum One Day Cup final on Friday, will arrive in Bangalore on April 2. “The likely scenario is that de Villiers will take over the duties but we’ll answer that once we find out if Virat is out,” Vettori said.

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