RCB captain Virat Kohli enjoyed a light moment with the team.© Virat Kohli / Instagram
Virat Kohli is having fun with his Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) mates ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. In full training mode with just over a week to go before the competition started, RCB enjoyed a light moment with the players inactive. by the pitch and Kohli shared a photo from the evening on social media, captioned ‘When you have fun, every moment becomes magical’. Fellow batsmen AB de Villiers and Devdutt Padikkal and coach Simon Katich relax together with the RCB group.
RCB has yet to win the IPL even after 12 seasons. They were finalists three times – 2009, 2011 and 2016 – but failed to get past the final hurdle.
Their last IPL final, in 2016, was on the back of Kohli’s run juggernaut as he accumulated 973 runs that season with four centuries – the highest total in a single IPL season.
Leading up to IPL 2020, Kohli has said this is the most balanced squad he has had in his time with the team since 2016, and recently stated that players are “getting back to the intensity levels we want”.
In total, the 31-year-old batsman of the highest order has 5,412 IPL runs, the most in IPL history, with five centuries and 36 fifties.
RCB will play their first game of the tournament on September 21 against SunRisers Hyderabad in Dubai.
IPL 2020 kicks off on September 19 with the defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on the 2018 champions Chennai Super Kings.
The IPL has been moved from India to UAE due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in India, which has the second highest number of coronavirus cases in the world.
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