IPL2020: AB De Villiers hits the Royal Challengers Bangalore Nets, others participate. Watch

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have put all their energy into training since completing their six-day quarantine period. After players like Virat Kohli sweated it in the nets on Saturday, other players including AB de Villiers and Gurkeerat Mann had hits in the nets, while bowlers Chris Morris and Umesh Yadav loosened up with bowling training and wicket keepers including De Villiers and Parthiv Patel had some ‘custody practice’. All this while the support staff was on hand to prevent the players from going overboard with their training as several players would like to play after months of downtime due to the lockdown. In a video posted on social media, RCB gave a sneak peek at the second day of training in Dubai.

“It was really good, really nice to be out there,” said De Villiers after just under the lights at the ICC Academy. ‘It’s nighttime here – a little hazy, the lights and the wicket a little sticky. In fact, if I’d had it my way (this is) just the way I wish my first one just after a long time. ”

De Villiers took throwdowns and dealt with deliveries from net bowlers, even when his fellow South African Chris Morris and Umesh Yadav sent some balls down.

Mann faced spin from Pawan Negi and coach Simon Katich while practicing aerial photography. He “loved the session.”

After that, field exercises followed in which the players practiced close-in and outfield catches. The wicket keepers also got into action. “I’m just trying to make sure that the batting drills and keep drills have the same number of balls,” said Parthiv Patel, gasping for breath.

However, the coaches made sure that the players did not go overboard with their training and risk injuring themselves.

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“There are three things that we have to pay very close attention to – one, players will come back after a long time and they will be ready to jump and go gung-ho,” said Shankar Basu, the RCB coach.

“That is our job to withdraw them in the first instance. Number two: the heat is oppressive here. That can be a telling thing here. And third, in the gym – they’ve been doing a lot of fitness all this time. We have to find the right balance in the gym. From now on, it (the gym workouts) should help the skill part and not the other way around, ”added Basu.

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