The Indian Cricket Team and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, Virat Kohli has been on sabbatical for the last six months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, he has returned to ground with new enthusiasm and training hard for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Kohli is looking to guide the RCB team to its maiden IPL title. The 53 days tournament will start on September 19 and Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah will host the matches.
RCB is strictly following the protocols laid by the BCCI in India in its elaborate Standard Operation Procedure for IPL 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The team is undergoing an intense training session in batches with proper sanitisation so that the safety of the players and support staff is not hampered.
Kohli shared some pictures of his training session on his Instagram profile, on September 3. The three pictures showed him batting, playing football and enjoying an ice bath respectively. The post became viral in no time, and it attracted a lot of likes and comments quickly.
Kevin Pietersen takes a friendly dig at Virat Kohli.
Former England Cricketer, Kevin Pietersen came across the pictures and tried to take a sly dig at the RCB captain. He was not impressed with Virat Kohli’s batting approach. Kohli was practising a defensive shot, and Pietersen quickly pointed out that it is a T20 format and Kohli should come out of the Test match phase and start preparing for the T20 matches.
Kevin teased Virat Kohli, saying, “Get on with it, please! T20, not a Test Match!”. The RCB skipper was quick to give it back to KP, writing, “You seem bored mate. Get onto the bike again.”
On the other hand, England Tottenham Hotspurs Striker, Harry Kane who is a close friend of Virat Kohli, praised Kohli for his footballing skills. Kane commented, “Nice technique right there.”
Virat Kohli replied to Kane and acknowledged the comment as one coming from a legend like Kane. Virat replied, “haha thanks mate. Coming from a technically gifted player like yourself, I know it’s legit observation.”