With Virat Kohli still recovering from shoulder injury and AB de Villiers to miss the first game due to back injury, Shane Watson was named Royal Challengers Bangalore’s interim skipper in IPL 10.
Due to a shoulder injury, Virat would not be running for a twosome of weeks for RCB
Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has been appointed as the interim captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for this season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the absence of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
Last week when it was learnt that Kohli would be out of the tournament for a couple of weeks due to the shoulder injury.
He sustained during the third Test against Australia, RCB coach Daniel Vettori had said De Villiers would lead the side.
Merely, the South African star has also been ruled out of the opening game of the season on April 5 against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad at Uppal owing to his back problem.
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 Cricket South Africa (CSA).
"He nevertheless causes some minor discomfort and we felt that couple of days off would be best before we throw him back in action,Vettori said.
He added, "We hope to catch him on the field in full form by 8th April matche against Delhi Daredevils."
Meanwhile, in another blow to the franchise, young batsman Sarfaraz Khan has also an injury to his leg in practice on Monday and is likely to miss the entire league.
KL Rahul has been already ruled out of IPL 2017 due to a shoulder injury which needed surgery.