Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli said on Thursday that the squad’s intensity levels would not drop during the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) just because there would be no crowds. IPL 2020 will be played from September 19th to November 10th in the UAE at three locations: Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. The first half of the tournament would be played behind closed doors and there would be no audience as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus.
On Thursday, Sanjeev Churiwala, Chairman of RCB, along with Kohli, Parthiv Patel and Devdutt Padikkal paid tribute to “COVID Heroes” at a virtual press conference.
“We’ve all thought of playing in front of empty stadiums. It would be a strange feeling, I can’t deny that,” Kohli said during the virtual press conference.
“At the end of the day, you understand why you started the sport, now you have the chance to show how much you love the game. Crowd is a great part of any sport, but that’s not something you need to do. sports.
“This time we have the opportunity to bring joy to so many people, our intensity and passion will not drop just because there is no audience,” he added.
When asked how the party has adapted to living in a bio-secure bubble, Kohli said, “We’ve discussed appreciating the things around you, we all know what to do.”
“We know what we can afford to do in this bio-secured bubble and we have now become relaxed now that we have accepted the situation we live in. There is no despair of any kind and for me that is the greatest learning from pandemic. so far, ”he added.
Wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel also said the squad has adapted to the new game guidelines during training sessions.
“I remember after seven days of isolation I was pretty excited to meet everyone. During practice, it went down so much that we can’t apply saliva to the ball and we’ve also adapted to other new rules,” said Patel.
“It’s about staying safe, it’s my third year at RCB, and we guys are doing really well this year. We’d like to try to put a smile on everyone’s faces,” he added.
Mumbai Indians and CSK face off in the tournament opener on September 19 in Abu Dhabi. RCB will play SunRisers Hyderabad in their opening match on September 21.
RCB squadVirat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, Josh Philippe , Pavan Deshpande, Dale Steyn, Shahbaz Ahamad, Isuru Udana, Adam Zampa.
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