IPL 2018: Virat Kohli suffers a hamstring injury; ruled out for 3 months

Kohli's absence will have a significant impact on RCB's title chances in the 11th edition.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Getty Images)

Indian skipper across all formats Virat Kohli has been in terrific form in 2018 and amassing runs has been as easy as a walk in the park for him. A lot was expected from him in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), but there is some bad news for all the Royal Challengers Bangalore admirers. Kohli has suffered a hamstring injury during the practice sessions and the doctors have advised him to stay out of action for the next 10-12 weeks.

He picked up the injury on Saturday morning but since the level of seriousness was unknown, the RCB management decided to keep the entire incident under the warps considering the kind of impact it will have on the fan turnaround. Once he was taken to the hospital, the doctors apparently conducted a lot of tests and decided to give him some rest from the hectic schedule.

AB de Villiers to take up captaincy for this edition

Royal Challengers‘ head coach Daniel Vettori spoke to a CricTracker reporter over the phone and said its a huge blow for their side, but they still have some fine firepower in their arsenal to do well. Having said that, he stressed on a fact that Kohli’s absence will have a significant impact on their title chances in the 11th edition.

“It’s hard as a coach to digest the loss of a player like Kohli who wins you 4-5 games on his own and was going to lead the team. We still have some fine young talents like Sarfaraz (Khan), Mandeep (Singh), and Manan (Vohra) who can take up his position. It’ll be hard for them to fill in his shoes but this is the kind of chance they have to seize with both hands,” Vettori said.

He also confirmed that South African stalwart AB de Villiers will be taking up the leadership responsibilities for this season. “AB de Villiers will be the captain of the franchise for this season and Brendon McCullum will be the vice-captain. It’s good to have such experienced players in the side to help the side out in these precarious situations,” the Kiwi legend said.

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