Royal Challengers Bangalore will play the first matches of IPL with Shane Watson as the interim captain. Earlier, Virat Kohli, the captain, rested himself from the tournament for the first part due to shoulder injury. The player was injured in the third match against Australia. In his absence, AB de Villiers was supposed to be the interim captain. This was also confirmed by Daniel Vettori, the coach of the team. However, AB de Villiers in the final fixture of Momentum Cup, he was injured at the back and could not participate in the first IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The week before the match has been troublesome for the team searching for replacement players as captain. De Villiers is back to Bengaluru and is training for the tournament, but he is not fit to play the April 5 match. The coach decided to wait for some time until he becomes completely fit to resume. Per Vettori, de Villiers still has some minor discomfort and a couple of days off would be best for him. The coach is hopeful about the next fixture on April 8 against Delhi Daredevils. He said they hope to see de Villiers in good form in the match.
Thus, the captainship baton is passed to Shane Watson for the first match or until, de Villiers or Kohli comes up to join the squad. Another blow to Royal Challengers Bangalore was from batsman Sarfaraz Khan. The 19 years old player injured his leg while practicing on Monday. He was stretched off the field and the player might miss the whole season. Meanwhile, Kohli will be travelling with the team as a mentor, but will not play the matches.
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