Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach Sanjay Bangar confirmed that Virat Kohli suffered a niggle injury during the match against Gujarat Titans on Sunday, May 21 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru in the 2023 Indian Premier League. However, he added that the injury isn’t serious. The Royal Challengers Bangalore lost the match by six wickets and have been eliminated from the tournament.
Virat Kohli slammed an unbeaten 101 runs in the first innings off 61 deliveries. The hosts managed 197 runs on the back of his brilliant knock. However, they failed to defend the target. During the chase, the veteran batter suffered a knee injury. The incident took place when Virat Kohli was taking a catch to dismiss Vijay Shankar in the fifteenth over. He had to walk off the field after the physios attended him on the ground. The opener sat in the dugout for the remainder of the game.
Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach Sanjay Bangar shared an update about Virat Kohli’s injury at the post-match press conference. With the World Test Championship in sight, the fans were worried, as the extent of the injury was unknown. However, Sanjay Bangar expressed that the injury isn’t serious.
“Yeah, he had a bit of a niggle in his knee. But I don’t think there is anything serious. Having scored two back-to-back hundreds within a gap of 4 days. He is somebody who not only wants to contribute with the bat but even when he is fielding. He did a lot of running around. 40 overs a couple of days ago and today, for 35 overs he was on the field. He was giving his best. So it is going to bother at some point but I don’t think it’s anything serious,” he said.
Skipper Faf du Plessis expresses disappointment after missing out playoffs berth
The Royal Challengers Bangalore finished the league stages of the 2023 Indian Premier League, sixth with fourteen points from as many matches. They have been eliminated from the tournament. They needed a win against Gujarat Titans to qualify for the playoff. However, Shubman Gill’s century crashed them out of the tournament. Speaking about the match, skipper Faf du Plessis expressed disappointment, and lauded Shubman Gill’s knock.
“Very disappointed. We played a really strong team tonight, an amazing hundred from Shubman. It was really wet in the second innings. It was wet in the first innings as well, but there wasn’t a lot of grip in the second innings and also we had to change the ball quite a few times during the second innings. Virat played an unbelievable knock to give us a chance and thought that was a good score, but Shubman played incredibly well to take the game away from us,” quoted RCB skipper.