Replacement players have great skillsets, excited to see them with whole group: Virat Kohli | Cricket News
Kohli and pacemaker Mohammed Siraj arrived in Dubai on Sunday after Manchester’s test against England was canceled.
The duo undergo a mandatory six-day quarantine and then both will join the team’s bubble in Dubai before the resumption of IPL 202.
“It’s unfortunate how we ended up here early, but with COVID in place, things are very uncertain, so anything can happen at any time,” Kohli said in a video posted on RCB Twitter.
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“Hopefully we can keep a good, strong and safe environment here and have a quality IPL and get into the World Cup. So now, heading into the T20 phase, I think it will be an exciting and very important phase.” for us at RCB and also for the Indian team at the World Cup, “he added.
RCB hired Wanindu Hasaranga from Sri Lanka as a replacement for Australian Adam Zampa. Other RCB replacements are Dushmantha Chameera for Daniel Sams, quick left-arm George Garton for Kane Richardson and Tim David for New Zealand’s Finn Allen.
Speaking further about the new addition to the team, Kohli said: “The replacement players have great skills, especially in these conditions. I am excited to see them with the whole group and to resume a very good season that we started last time.”
On the other hand, Siraj said: “I will join the RCB family after so many days, very excited for the IPL. We are in a good position in the points table so it will be a lot of fun.”
The fourteenth season, which was postponed in May this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume on September 19 in Dubai with a box office clash between the Chennai Super Kings and defending champions the Mumbai Indians.
The action will then move to Abu Dhabi, where Kolkata Knight Riders will face Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sharjah will host its first game on September 24 when Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Chennai Super Kings. In total, 13 matches will take place in Dubai, 10 in Sharjah and 8 in Abu Dhabi.
The board has created a 46-page health notice that sets out all the tips that everyone associated with the IPL must follow to ensure the smooth running of the league.