Enjoying one of the best phases in his career so far, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s inspirational leader Virat Kohli is ready to play through pain against Kings XI Punjab with multiple stitches in his split webbing in another must-win IPL encounter, in Mohali on Wednesday.
Kohli sustained a split webbing on his left hand while fielding against Kolkata Knight Riders as he went for a diving catch. He left the field briefly to get medical assistance, got his webbing taped and was back in field. He then played another classy knock to keep RCB’s play-off qualification hopes alive.
“I might need 7-8 stitches,” Kohli had said after the match against KKR on Monday. “But I don’t mind 10 stitches on my hand if we win the next two matches,” he said.
RCB’s manager Avinash Vaidya said that India’s No 1 batsman will be playing on Wednesday.
“Virat will definitely play on Wednesday,” Vaidya, a former Karnataka Ranji player, told PTI on Tuesday.
IPL’s perennial whipping boys KXIP are out of the tournament and are in a mood to complete formalities while RCB will be hoping that they record another big win to take their points tally to 14 and survive to fight till the last round of the league engagements. RCB are currently lying fifth and two wins will take them to the play-offs.