“He had a bit if niggle,” RCB batting coach Sanjay Bangar provides major update on Virat Kohli’s injury ahead of WTC Final

After Kohli took Vijay Shankar’s catch at deep midwicket, he looked in a bit of discomfort.


“He had a bit if niggle,” RCB batting coach Sanjay Bangar provides major update on Virat Kohli’s injury ahead of WTC Final

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batter Virat Kohli did a terrific job of scoring two back-to-back hundreds for his team in two must-win games in IPL 2023. While RCB succeeded in defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and keeping them alive in the playoffs race, the Faf du Plessis-led team could not pip Gujarat Titans (GT) in their last league game and were knocked out of the tournament. 

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Nevertheless, while Kohli gave joy to his fans with two immaculate knocks, he left everyone worried when the RCB batter left the field with an injury during his team’s game against GT. After Kohli took Vijay Shankar’s catch at deep midwicket, he looked in a bit of discomfort. The RCB fielder possibly jammed his knee on the turf and was seen limping. 

Kohli then did not walk out to field again. Later, RCB batting coach Sanjay Bangar was asked about Kohli’s injury at the post-match press conference. Much to the relief of the fans, the RCB coach revealed that it was a minor niggle and nothing 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,” said Bangar. 

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“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 added.

Virat and few others to fly England early

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As RCB were knocked out of IPL 2023, Virat Kohli and his teammate Mohammed Siraj are expected to fly England on 23 May, as earlier said by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). A few other WTC Final-bound players will also fly alongside Kohli in the first batch. These include Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Undakat, R Ashwin, and Axar Patel.

The rest of the players who are still plying their trade for their respective IPL franchises will fly to England in two batches. While the second batch is expected to leave after the two playoff matches are done, the final batch of Indian players will leave for England on 30 May. 

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