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Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli could potentially miss the early portion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he is still nursing a shoulder injury.
Kohli sustained the injury to his right shoulder while diving to prevent a boundary on the first day of the third Test against Australia in Ranchi.
Kohli subsequently missed the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala, which India won by eight wickets to clinch the series 2-1, as he was not 100 per cent fit.
When asked about his recovery after the fourth Test, the 28-year-old said: “It’s still a few weeks to go before I can be 100% on the field. But these things happen in your career. Got to take it in my strike and move forward.”
Kohli has only missed one game in the history of the IPL, which came in the inaugural season of the tournament in 2008.
If Kohli were to miss the first few matches of the competition, it would be a huge blow to the Royal Challengers as he just missed out on becoming the first player to score 1,000 runs in an IPL season last year. Kohli ended up finishing with 973 runs to his name, which included four centuries and seven fifties, at an average of 81.08.