Uncertainty prevails over Kohli's return

Virat Kohli hurt his shoulder while fielding during India's third Test against Australia in Ranchi last month and had to pull out of the deciding rubber in Dharamshala.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore has been hoping for Kohli's return at the earliest.   -  K. Murali Kumar

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) continued the suspense over Virat Kohli's return to the field. In a statement detailing injury to various players who were part of India's squad during the prolonged home Test season, the BCCI stated Kohli's availability for the Indian Premier League (IPL) may be determined next week.

“The Indian captain will undergo rehabilitation after sustaining an injury to his right shoulder. His recovery will be assessed in the second week of April to determine an exact return to play date for IPL 2017,” said the BCCI statement, released on Sunday.

Kohli hurt his shoulder while fielding during India's third Test against Australia in Ranchi last month and had to pull out of the deciding rubber in Dharamshala. After the fourth Test's conclusion, Kohli had said he is still “a few weeks” away from recovering fully.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore has been hoping for Kohli's return at the earliest. However, according to a team insider, the franchise is not expecting Kohli to take the field for the first fortnight of the tournament, which starts on April 5.

Rahul, Vijay to undergo surgery

While making it official that R. Ashwin will miss the IPL, the BCCI release confirmed openers K.L. Rahul and M. Vijay will have to go through surgeries for their shoulder and wrist, injuries, respectively.

“The opening batsman is likely to undergo surgery of his left shoulder and may not be available for IPL 2017 season during which he will have to complete his rehabilitation,” it stated.

“Vijay will require surgery to his right wrist and also undergo rehabilitation for his left shoulder and hence may not be able to participate in IPL 2017.”

The BCCI statement also confirmed that all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and pacer Umesh Yadav have been advised rest for two weeks, as reported by Sportstar on Saturday.