With Kohli injured, RCB feel the pain


India captain Virat Kohli clarified that he will not like to put any date on his IPL comeback as he will only take the field when he is “120 percent fit”.

“The priority is Indian cricket with the Champions Trophy coming up and I don’t want to take any risks. I have not set any date and I will only return when I am 120 percent fit. Having said that I would like to return on field as soon as possible,” Kohli said on the sidelines of RCB’s opening IPL encounter against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Kohli said that having already missed the Test match against Australia in Dharamsala, the frustration has lessened a bit of not being there in thick of things.

“I would say I have not got a bit used to it as I have already missed a Test match. But it is frustrating that you can’t play because of injury on just one part of your body.”

Meanwhile, former Australia captain Michael Clarke said that Royal Challengers Bangalore missed their captain Virat Kohli in the first match of the Indian Premier League. RCB, led by stand-in skipper Shane Watson, suffered a crushing 35-run loss against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium on Wednesday.

Clarke, who was in the country for the India-Australia Test series as well, said Kohli’s injury is a big loss for his team and the tournament overall.

“RCB missed Virat’s leadership. They will have to find a way till such time Virat gets fit again. Statistics say Rahul, Virat, and ABD (De Villiers) have scored 75 percent of their runs last season. All three are huge losses. Virat’s absence (for first few matches) is a big loss for the tournament. Quicker he can return the better,” Clarke said.