Bengaluru, April 13: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli today (April 13) said he is delighted and excited to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 after nearly a month's break due to injury.
Kohli, who injured his right shoulder during fieding in India-Australia Test match in Ranchi last month, has been declared match fit by the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) medical team.
The 28-year-old right-hander will be back on field tomorrow (April 14) at M Chinnaswamy Stadium. He will captain RCB against Mumbai Indians. (RCB-MI match preview)
Speaking to the media ahead of the contest, Kohli said he was happy to return to the field on Friday afternoon (4 PM IST start).
"It has been a while since I sat on this chair. I got hit on the 16th (March). It has almost been a month. Never a good feeling when you have played for 7-8 years without missing a game at all," Kohli said after a training session with his RCB team-mates.
"Rest is different but missing a game because of injury is different. I am just delighted to be back. Very excited to take the field. May be it was just to reignite that spark in you that needs to stay. When you play a lot of cricket, that tends to go down. So luckily it has stayed and now I am more excited to take the field. I am very happy," he added.
In Kohli's absence, RCB was led by Australian all-rounder Shane Watson. RCB have lost 2 matches and won one so far in the league.