Captain of the Indian national cricket team, Virat Kohli has started his preparation to don the red jersey of the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the upcoming 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
That Virat Kohli commenced his training for the IPL on Monday, just a day after India defeated England in the ODI series, reflects his determination to win RCB its maiden title which has allured him, the club, and its fans for 13 seasons. RCB qualified for the playoffs last season but lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator.
Virat Kohli himself is back in form – if he was ever out of it. After consecutive ducks – in the fourth Test and in the first T20I against England – the right-hander smashed 73*,77*,1, and 80* to bag the Man of the Series award in the 5-match T20I series. He followed it up with a couple of more half-centuries in the ODIs.
Kohli took to Twitter to let his fans know that the ‘King’ is gearing up to claim the IPL crown this year.
“No rest days. From here on its all about speed #IPL” tweeted the RCB skipper with a video of him running on the treadmill.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 29, 2021
Virat Kohli to join RCB camp on April 1 in Chennai
The Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in Chennai in the season opener on April 9th. The franchise has begun its training camp in Chennai with some of the available players.
RCB play its first 3 matches in Chennai, then will fly to Mumbai for a couple of games before traveling to Ahmedabad for their next 4 games and finally concluding their league stage in Kolkata.
While the BCCI has allowed players to escape the mandatory 7-day quarantine from moving from bubble to bubble. However, it is learned that Virat Kohli would need to undergo the quarantine. On Monday, the 32-year-old quit the bubble in Pune after India’s ODI series against England, which got over on Sunday.
Players from teams such as India, England, South Africa, West Indies who were in the bubble during their bilateral series wouldn’t need to be quarantined again if they didn’t leave it.