IPL 2017 April 3, 2017

Watson to stand in as Royal Challengers captain

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Australian allrounder Shane Watson has been named interim captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The franchise has had to dig deep into its contingency plans over the past week. When it was learnt that the shoulder injury that Virat Kohli sustained would rule him out of the initial stages of the tournament, coach Daniel Vettori had said AB de Villiers would captain the team.

But de Villiers was ruled out of the opening game of the season, against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 5. He had missed playing the final of the Momentum Cup, South Africa's premier one-day tournament, on Friday with a back injury, according to a tweet from CSA. And though he has joined the franchise in Bengaluru and was among the players who trained at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Monday, Vettori thought it was best to give de Villiers more time to recuperate.

"He still has some minor discomfort and we felt that couple of days off would be best before we have him back in action," Vettori said. "We hope to see him on the field in good form by 8th April match against Delhi Daredevils."

Meanwhile, 19-year old batsman Sarfaraz Khan sustained an injury to his leg at practice on Monday and had to be stretchered off the field. He is likely to miss IPL 2017.

Royal Challengers face defending champions Sunrisers in a rematch of last season's final on Wednesday. The team's chairman Amrit Thomas has said Kohli will be travelling with the team as a mentor.

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  • dogandbone on April 6, 2017, 2:33 GMT

    R Taylor be a good replacement.

  • bhushanB on April 5, 2017, 12:13 GMT

    if it is INDIAN league then the hero - captain should be Indian. foreign players can perform in their item numbers but can lead the show.

  • Abdul Naym on April 5, 2017, 7:38 GMT

    rcb should rope in prithvi shaw as replacement for someone. ..He is a great prospect and made century on debut in semi finals... and he is just 17....He looks aggressive will be worth getting him. ...

  • Arif30Nov on April 5, 2017, 0:44 GMT

    In the absence of top gun players, young Sarfaraz Khan had a chance of his lifetime to play all 14 league games and prove that he could take charge of batting and that he was a match-winner. This is called sheer bad luck. He is also joining the list of absentees Kohli, KL Rahul, ABD and Starc..... I feel for RCB.

  • cricfan8996966245 on April 4, 2017, 20:00 GMT

    The most entertain team of IPL RRRRRRRCCCCCCBBBBB should win this IPL and they gonna win for sure, the most deserved team to win IPL10. All THe bEst TeAM.

  • cricfan37269878 on April 4, 2017, 12:27 GMT

    This year for 10th Season of IPL I wanted RCB to win.. looks like it is a distant dream now ..

  • cricfan37269878 on April 4, 2017, 12:22 GMT

    RCB gonna lose badly this year.. Watto is not a captain material.. Should have made some Indian guy as captain ( even Binny or S Aravind were better choice )

  • Gevelsis on April 4, 2017, 10:49 GMT

    Perhaps one of these days ABD will do us the honour of actually playing some cricket. If he feels like it that is.

  • thestunner316_15 on April 4, 2017, 8:16 GMT

    wow, till last year IPL was the greatest injury healer, since father time... doesn't seem to be the case anymore. feel particularly sorry for sarfaraz, but hopefully he will come back stronger

  • bbnn on April 4, 2017, 7:46 GMT

    RCB and KXIP, these young indian players can be replace your injured players Unmukth Chand,Vishnu Vinod,Jay Bista .Elwin Lewis of WI and Irfan pathan also good options

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