Virat Kohli, RCB
Virat Kohli. Image Credits: Twitter

Virat Kohli, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain, is “excited” to work with the four new signings of his side for the second half of IPL 2021, which starts on September 19 in the UAE.

RCB roped in Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, George Garton, and Tim David into their squad for the remainder of the season after four players – Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, and Finn Allen – pulled out due to various reasons.

The Sri Lankan pair of Hasaranga and Chameera were impressive during the series against India in July, while Garton and David have been making huge noises at franchise level for the past year.

Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga (Image Credit: Twitter)

Virat Kohli, who landed in Dubai on Sunday following the cancellation of the fifth Test against England in Manchester, lauded the replacement players and feels they would be useful in the UAE conditions.

“The replacement players have great skillsets, especially in these conditions. Excited to see them with the whole group and to resume a very good season that we started last time around,” the RCB skipper said in a video. 

RCB are currently on the third spot on the points table after securing 5 wins in 7 matches in the first half of the season which was played in India.

So now, heading into the T20 phase: Virat Kohli

Post the IPL, the Indian captain will be leading the national side in the T20 World Cup, for which the squad has been announced by the board.

Virat Kohli, who still awaits his 71st international century, is gearing up for an “exciting” and  “very important” time in RCB and Indian cricket’s history. Kohli, the captain is yet to win an IPL title and an ICC trophy.

MS Dhoni, Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli
MS Dhoni, Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli. (Photo: Twitter)

 “Hopefully, we are able to maintain a good strong, secure environment here and have a quality IPL and onto the World Cup. So now, heading into the T20 phase, I think it is going to be an exciting phase and a very important one for us at RCB and for the Indian team at the World Cup as well,” he added.

India take on Pakistan for their opening encounter on October 24 in Dubai. They will then meet New Zealand, Afghanistan, and two other teams from the qualifiers in the Super 12 stage.

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