Ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) opening clash against defending champions Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli motivated his boys in a pep talk and asked them to play with intensity throughout the season.
“To all the new guys who have joined us, welcome to this amazing group. As you know from the guys who have played here in the past, the atmosphere, the energy throughout the season will be amazing and the only thing I expect from you guys is to make the most of the time that we spend on the field whether it is a practice session, game drills it is needless to mention. I expect the guys to play with intensity, that’s the way we have always played and that won’t change,” Kohli said in a video posted by the official Twitter handle of the RCB on Wednesday.
Kohli further recalled last year’s success as the side reached the playoffs. He said it was the right direction towards their goal and this year also he expects the same.
“Last year was the great step in the right direction for us and I feel like our squad is even stronger this year and I expect good things to happen again. But a lot of enjoyment happened last year and the focus to make the most of the time we had especially in our practice sessions,” he added.
RCB head coach Simon Katich said, “As you know, we had a great preparation so far tonight’s our big night and then tomorrow night. Everything is up on the board there but tonight where we get our work done, tomorrow night it will be more of a group training in terms of building and then for the guys who have come out of the quarantine to top up.”
RCB star player AB de Villiers, who hit the nets after completing his seven-day quarantine, is working on middling the balls in the nets. “Spent a lot of time in the room in the last week. It was quite intense coming out and hit the ground running and gave my 100 per cent. I was hitting the ball okay, not 100 per cent so I will come back tomorrow for a bit more. It is very enjoyable to be here and I’m very excited to plan another IPL with RCB boys,” he said.
The 14th edition of the IPL will get underway from Friday as RCB will begin their campaign against Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
IPL 2021 suspended due to rising COVID-19 cases
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday suspended the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, a decision taken after a number of COVID-19 cases emerged in the bio-bubble.
BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla confirmed the same to news agency ANI. “IPL has been suspended, we will see whether we can reschedule it. It is not cancelled. It is just suspended for now,” the official said.
The decision was taken after Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra and Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha on Tuesday tested positive for the virus.
Both the members were part of the ongoing IPL and SRH were scheduled to take on defending champions Mumbai Indians on Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile, three members of the Chennai Super Kings contingent tested positive for the virus on Monday, which included CSK bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji.
Two Kolkata Knight Riders players – Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier – also tested positive for the novel coronavirus despite the event taking place inside a robust bio-bubble.
As per reports, it is believed that Chakravarthy, who recently had exited the bio-bubble for shoulder scans via a green channel, may have contracted the virus first.
IPL 2021: RCB Vs KKR match rescheduled
The match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) on Monday (May 3, 2021) has been rescheduled. The IPL match was scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM on Monday (May 3, 2021).
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As per a report in ESPNcricinfo, the step was taken after two players of KKR tested positive former Covid-19.
The report confirmed that spinner Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier have contracted the virus. The report mentioned that the spinner had left the bio-bubble recently via an official green channel for scans on his shoulders.
Apart from the duo other KKR members have returned negative for the test. However, the KKR members are currently under self isolation, putting their contest against Virat Kohli’s RCB in doubt.
No official confirmation has been released by the BCCI or either of the franchise in this regard.
Meanwhile, this is the first time in the season when a member has tested positive despite being in the IPL bio-bubble.
Ahead of IPL 2021, Delhi Capitals’ Axar Patel and KKR’s Nitish Rana had tested positive for the virus. However, the duo have recovered well and are currently fulfiling their duties for their respective franchises.
IPL 2021: SRH remove David Warner as captain
Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise SunRisers Hyderabad on Saturday announced that Kane Williamson will be taking over from David Warner as the captain of the side for the remainder of the 2021 season.
SunRisers Hyderabad is currently at the bottom of the table with just 2 points from six games.
The franchise has also hinted that there would be a change in the playing XI for their next game and there would be definitely a change in the overseas set of players and it may be hinting at Warner sitting out the match against Rajasthan Royals.
“SunRisers Hyderabad would like to announce that Kane Williamson will be taking over the captaincy for tomorrow’s match and for the remainder of IPL 2021. The team management has also made the decision that they will be changing their overseas combination for tomorrow’s match against Rajasthan Royals,” SRH said in an official statement.
“This decision has not come lightly as the management respects the enormous impact David Warner has had for the franchise over a number of years. As we face the remainder of the season we are sure David will continue to help us strive for success both on and off the field,” it added.
SRH will next take on Rajasthan Royals on Sunday at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. The side had last suffered a seven-wicket loss against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL.
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