In the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set for a brand-new look. In the last 12 seasons, the crowds flocked the stadiums, but this time around, empty stands might welcome the teams in the grave global scenarios. In the meantime, Virat Kohli, the skipper of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) reached Dubai on Friday, August 21.
Kohli has been with the Challengers since the inaugural edition back in 2008 after he won India the U19 World Cup. In the mega event, he also scored a century against the West Indies. In the IPL, even as he has been a stalwart for RCB, the Bangalore franchise hasn’t had a great run. Kohli has been captaining them since the 2013 edition after Daniel Vettori resigned from the role.
Virat Kohli in with a colossal task
Kohli is the all-time leading run-scorer in the IPL, having scored 5,412 runs from 177 matches at an average of 37.84. In 2016, he almost scored 1,000 runs in a single season, smashing as many as four centuries. His fifth century came against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2019 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. His efforts didn’t go in vain as RCB went on to win the contest.
Virat will have a massive task ahead in the 2020 IPL and a lot would be expected of him. Upon reaching Dubai for the event, Kohli dropped a post, showing his delight. His joy is evident as he hasn’t played any cricket since February after the away Tests against New Zealand. The 31-year-old Kohli captioned the picture and wrote, “Hello Dubai.”
Here’s Virat Kohli’s post
In the meantime, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kohli’s teammate in both RCB and Team India, had a hilarious response to his captain’s post. Replying to Virat, the leg-spinner wrote, “Hello from same hotel bhaiya #neighbours.”
RCB have made the final three times. With Kohli as their skipper, the team played the final only once back in 2016 where Sunrisers Hyderabad beat them. In the last two seasons, they had disastrous campaigns finishing at the bottom half of the points table. This time, they will look to make amends.
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