ViratKohli’s shoulder injury he sustained in the Tests against Australia might keep him from the start of the Indian Premier League 2017.

The captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore would need time to recover full fitness ahead of the start date of April 5.

Royal Challengers are set to play defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in the season opener. However, the club would have to decide if they want to risk him for the game or let him sit it out.

“It’s still a few weeks to go before I can be 100 percent on the field. But these things happen in your career. Got to take in my striker and move forward,” the star said after the Dharamsala Test.


Ian Bell is hopeful that a positive stretch in the Big Bash League with Perth Scorchers will reignite his England International aspirations. Bell will be expected to participate actively for the Scorchers, playing a key role in their top three.

The 34-year-old veteran who has a total of 118 Tests, 161 ODIs and 8 T20Is to his name, has not featured in a test match for England for over a year period.

However, with England’s 3-0 whitewash in the Indian Test series with a non-firing middle order, Bell is desperate to make a comeback into the national side.

He had been left disappointed after he was axed due to failing to score a century in 23 Test innings. He however believes he still has more to give, and having captained Warwickshire through the English county season. Bell is hoping that a standout campaign at the BBL will help remind the selectors of the plethora of talents he possesses.

Jason Roy scored a stroke filled half century at Old Trafford

Jason Roy scored a stroke filled half century at Old Trafford against Australia on Tuesday.

However, he would be disappointed that he could not make it big.

It was for the third time in a row in the series that Roy had got a fantastic start and was looking all set for the three figure score.

He was hitting the ball sweetly and no Aussie bowler was posing any sort of challenge to him.

But, in the 15th over of the game, when England’s score was 86, Roy came down the track to the debutant left arm spinner Ashton Agar and tried to play an inside out shot, but, he got too close to the ball and was unable to open his shoulders freely to get the elevation that was needed.

He ended up just chipping the ball towards the short extra cover at a catchable height, but, with the force of the bottom hand, he had managed to put some power into it.

However, fielding there at that position was Australia’s best fielder Glenn Maxwell who, after fumbling a little bit, completed the catch and Roy was off to the pavilion.

From the team’s point of view though, Roy had done his job already with that knock in which his strike rate was about 140.

Gary Ballance is one of the big talks in the English media

The batting position of Gary Ballance is one of the big talks in the English media at present.

There are very few who are backing the Yorkshire left hander to keep batting no. 3 in the ongoing Ashes series.

But, Ravi Bopara reckons the kind of record Ballance has, people should not write him off.

In the words of Bopara, “Gary has shown he has the skills to grit his way through the new ball. If you see his record, he averages more than 50 and he has batted 3 for most parts of his career so far. Australia, of course, is one of the best bowling units and they pose a different challenge, but, still, I would say Gary has it in him to do well against them.”

Bopara himself has also had the opportunity to bat one down in an Ashes series.

When the Kangaroos had toured England in 2009, Bopara was slotted in the top order by the team management because of his brilliant form in domestic Cricket that season.

But, he turned out to be a failure and eventually found himself out of the team towards the end of the series.

His test career never recovered from there.

He played a few test matches after that batting in the lower middle order, but, didn’t manage to establish himself in the team.