Stop everything and bring out the drum roll as the unthinkable has finally happened. Virat Kohli has won the toss after having lost it a million times in the past in the opening game of the 2021 season of the Indian Premer League against the Mumbai Indians.
Not only his fans but even Virat Kohli couldn’t believe that he has finally won the toss. ‘It’s unbelievable’ was Kohli’s first reaction after the coin finally went in his favour, joking that a mini-break may have changed his fortunes.
With dew set to play a huge role, it was a no-brainer that Virat Kohli invited the Mumbai Indians to bat first. This will be the 14th successive season that Virat will play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the champion cricketer said that it’s been an honour for him to represent the franchise.
As far as RCB’s playing XI is concerned, Glenn Maxwell, Kyle Jamieson and Rajat Patidar will be making their debut for the franchise while Dan Christian makes him come back after eight years. Devdutt Padikkal has missed out due to Covid issues while Harshal Patel has been given an opportunity ahead of Navdeep Saini.
Here’s what Virat Kohli said after winning the toss:
”It’s unbelievable, bit of a mini-break helped me I guess to win a toss. Going to bowl first. They’re a side who likes chasing. Good chance for us to get onto the park and create some intensity. With the balance we have this year we can do both, but have to understand who you’re playing against. We understand with the depth they have they have never out of the game,”
”Bowling first was a no-brainer for us. Every year IPL has a different energy, a different vibe. It’s high intensity. Playing for the same franchise has been an honour for me. Loyalty is a big thing for me. Dubai was great as well but this just feels like home. Great feeling to be playing in our stadiums and for people to watch in our prime times. Three guys making their debut: Maxwell, Jamieson, Christian is back after eight years for the same franchise. Rajat Patidar makes his debut as well. Padikkal has been recommended rest,” he added.