The Team India and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli admitted he was pretty scared to hit the hits after the forced long break from cricket due to the ongoing pandemic. Kohli hit the nets after a gap of five months and said he felt really good and his first training session after the lockdown went better than he expected. He was seen timing the ball really well and in a really good shape while training in the ICC cricket Academy in Dubai.
“It went much better than expected, to be honest. I was pretty scared. I hadn’t picked up a bat for five months, but yeah it came out better than I thought, to be honest. I’ve trained quite a bit during lock-down, so I’m feeling quite fit and that helps,” Kohli reported through the official website of his franchise.
“Because the body is light and you react better, I feel like I have more time on the ball. That’s a big plus. Otherwise you come heavier into the season, the body isn’t moving as much, and it starts playing on mind, but yeah, as I said it went much better than I expected."- the right-hander added.
The 31-year old was the highest run-getter for RCB in the last season and the run machine also holds the record for the most runs scored in a single season of IPL with 973 runs to his name in the 2016 season.
RCB are yet to win the IPL title. Despite having the biggest names in their line-up, the team was really unfortunate not to get over the line. This time though, Virat Kohli and Co. will be looking forward to rewriting history in their favor.
Kohli further added on the the shape of the spinners and how well they are adapting to the new conditions. He also mentioned the importance of Chahal in the team as he is the leading wicket-taker for RCB over the years.
“The spinners looked pretty good for day one, they pitched the ball in consistent areas for long enough. Shahbaz was good, Washy was very good, I saw Chahal bowl well too. The seamers went through their motions a little bit. All in all, a decent start to our camp.”- added the RCB captain.
The IPL is scheduled to begin on 19 September with the finals to be played on November 9. The preparations have been going on in full throttle and the teams are expected to be in great shape ahead of the commencement of the tournament. Meanwhile, few players and staff members of CSK camp were tested to positive and are kept under quarantine for two weeks post which they will have to be tested negative two times in a gap of 24 hours.
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