The former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson will be the interim skipper of Royal Challengers Bangalore [RCB] in the absence of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in the opening matches of the 2017 Indian Premier League.
The 35 years old cricketer will lead an RCB side that has been ravaged by injuries. The Indian skipper, who sustained a shoulder injury during the Ranchi Test versus Australia, will be assessed for his fitness in the middle of April while opener KL Rahul has been sidelined from the tournament as he undergoes surgery on his shoulder.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will kick-start the tournament on April 5 as they take on defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad [SRH] at Uppal on Wednesday.
In Virat Kohli’s absence, the franchise had declared that the Proteas cricketer [AB de Villiers] would lead the side for the first few matches. However, during the domestic one-day competition in South Africa, Mr 360 missed the first match for Titans due to a back injury and there was speculation regarding his availability.