Virat Kohli had his first nets session in nearly six months, and the Royal Challengers Bangalore was happy with the best way it panned out. Kohli’s RCB had their first nets session on Friday on the ICC Cricket Academy in Dubai forward of the 2020 IPL, with the skipper being one of many first cricketers to endure one total session. Despite having not picked up a bat in so lengthy because of the lockdown in India, Kohli did simply positive, timing the ball so nicely it was as if he by no means stopped taking part in.
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“[It went] much better than expected, to be honest. I was pretty scared. I hadn’t picked up a bat for five months, but yeah it came out better than I thought, to be honest. I’ve trained quite a bit during lockdown, so I’m feeling quite fit and that helps,” Kohli advised the franchise web site.
“Because the body is light and you react better, I feel like I have more time on the ball. That’s a big plus. Otherwise you come heavier into the season, the body isn’t moving as much, and it starts playing on mind, but yeah, as I said it went much better than I expected.”
RCB have historically not fared nicely within the earlier editions of the IPL, their two finest performances coming in 2009 and 2016, when the group reached the ultimate however completed runner-up. At the IPL 2020 public sale in December final yr, the group made a few sensible buys, together with buying Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch for Rs 4.Four crore. But whereas Finch guarantees to unravel a few of RCB’s batting woes, the group’s bowling within the loss of life has been its Achilles’ heel.
To assist share the bowling duties, particularly within the spin division, moreover Yuzvendra Chahal, RCB have the choice of banking on the likes of Washington Sundar and Shahbaz Nadeem, each of whom have performed for India. And judging by the best way they fared within the nets, Kohli remained optimistic.
“The spinners looked pretty good for day one, they pitched the ball in consistent areas for long enough,” Kohli stated. “Shahbaz was good, Washy was very good, I saw Chahal bowl well too. The seamers went through their motions a little bit. All in all, a decent start to our camp.”