IPL 2021– Virat Kohli: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli will join team camp in Chennai on April 1, two days after the franchise begins training. Since Kohli quit the bubble in Pune after India’s ODI series against England, he will have to undergo the mandatory week-long quarantine. However, he is training individually to stay fit.
Kohli posted a video on Twitter of himself running on the treadmill. He wrote: “No rest days. From here on its all about speed.”
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 29, 2021
RCB will play their initial set of matches, including the IPL 2021 tournament opener on April 9 against defending champions Mumbai Indians.
Kohli who has been part of the bio-secure bubble since the end of January, for the four Tests, five T20Is and three ODIs, underlined the need for administrators to look at the scheduling, keeping in mind the challenging environment due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Scheduling needs to be looked at in future, because playing in bubbles for so long, two to three months, is going to be very, very difficult going forward,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation. “You can’t expect everyone to be at the same level of mental strength.
“Sometimes you do get cooked and you do feel like a bit of a change. I am sure things will be discussed and things will change in the future as well. But a different tournament, it brings fresh challenges heading into the IPL.”
IPL 2021: Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Siraj land in Chennai
Meanwhile, the RCB bowling pair Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Siraj, who flew from Pune arrived in Chennai on Monday afternoon. As they moved from one bubble to another, the duo will not have to undergo quarantine and would be available for training from Tuesday.
A healthy proportion of the Royal Challengers, who finished fourth in IPL 2020, reached Chennai last week. This group included the team director Mike Hesson, Sanjay Bangar, (appointed as assistant coach from this season), along with fast bowler Navdeep Saini. Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers, too, reached Chennai over the weekend.
IPL 2021 RCB squad:
Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Josh Philippe, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pavan Deshpande, Kyle Jamieson, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Suyash Prabhudesai, KS Bharat