BENGALURU: Last year, Royal Challengers Bangalore stumbled at the last hurdle to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL final. But in this year’s edition, starting Wednesday, they hope to break the jinx and win the elusive cup.
RCB had their last training session and practice match here on Monday and will fly to Hyderabad on Tuesday morning for the face-off with Sunrisers.
But it has been a sputtering start. Captain Virat Kohli’s shoulder injury will keep him out for a couple of weeks, and Shane Watson is now his stand-in.
Batsman KL Rahul is out for the entire season and with an injury scare for batsman AB de Villiers, it looks like RCB’s cup of woes are already full. On Monday, Sarfaraz Khan had a fall during practice and suffered a leg injury which rules him out for the season.
Now for the silver lining. On Monday, Kohli and AB both faced throwdowns. Also, with Chris Gayle and Shane Watson in the batting line-up and their expensive buy, English tearaway Tymal Mills, in the ranks, it does not sound all that bad.
While the final playing XI is still unclear, for now, all eyes are on Wednesday’s opener against the Sunrisers.