"The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Medical Team on Wednesday confirmed that Indian Cricket Team and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Mr. Virat Kohli has regained match fitness", BCCI said in a release. "I am just delighted to be back and very excited to take the field", said the cheerful Kohli ahead of Friday's clash against Mumbai Indians.
Virat injured his shoulder while fielding in the Ranchi Test against Australia in March and chose to remain on the sidelines till he had fully recovered.
Kohli, who scored a record-breaking 973 runs in 2016 season, was advised a rehabilitation after that due to which he missed the first three matches of RCB, who managed to win just once. Virat Kohli stepped into the press conference room at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium fifteen minutes before the scheduled time, sporting a broad smile. I think RCB has missed his leadership. They can also be reliant on certain players but with Rohit Sharma underperforming this year, the impressive Nitish Rana has guided them home against KKR and the Sunrisers respectively.
"In the present team, you see Mumbai have retained their top players and introduced one or two fresh faces". Coming back to this game, Rohit and Buttler will likely start at around the [4.0] mark while Nitish Rana, who has delivered the profits in the previous two matches, may shorten to [5.5] or possibly longer.
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Manjrekar was responding to a fellow commentator's query about what Pollard's ideal position in the batting order should be.
Kohli shall add impetus to Bangalore's strong batting lineup which has the likes of Chris Gayle, AB De Villiers and Shane Watson. "That is something that we will stay in focus for us through the season if we want to make it to play-offs".
However, now as per reports, the RCB skipper is fit to play and is expected to lead the team today. Chris Gayle did not look comfortable and was batting slow by his standards. A pro in the shortest format of the game, Pollard brought all his experience into play - 361 T20 games including this one - to not only bail Mumbai out of trouble, but also ensure that they ended on the winning side by the end of the evening.
Although the RCB slumped to an eight-wicket defeat, the Proteas ODI skipper produced one of the most blistering innings of the competition so far. Kohli hinted that he may play both de Villiers and Gayle tomorrow and have Kedar Jadhav keep wickets. "You make everyday seem like one for me", he said.