Virat Kohli has made his comeback to the cricket field after a forced break of 6 months. The Royal Challengers Bangalore captain along with his teammates have hit the field running. RCB players completed the mandatory 5 days quarantine period after reaching UAE. Then, they underwent several rounds of COVID-19 tests and came out negative in all of them. Now, they have started their training and preparations for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Virat Kohli feels privileged to get back to the cricket field and play cricket despite the ongoing pandemic. He asks all the players and members of all the teams to abide and follow the protocols of the biosecure bubble. Virat Kohli stressed on the fact that he did not miss cricket in this 5 months break. He has been playing continuously for the last 10 years. So, this break proved to be a welcome break for him to get his focus back to the game.
The Indian captain said that all the participants should abide strictly to BCCI’s rules and protocols. In an interaction on RCB’s YouTube show ‘Bold Diaries, Kohli stated, “We are all here to play cricket…The bio-bubble needs to be respected at all times for the tournament to happen eventually. We are not here to have fun and roam around, and you know say that ‘I want to hang out in Dubai.”
Virat Kohli highlights the privilege of playing the game in these tough times.
“That is not the time we are living in. Accept the phase that we are going through and understand the privilege that we have, just to be a part of the IPL. Everyone should accept that and not behave in a manner which situation doesn’t require them to,” he added.
He went on to say that it did not take much time for him to get back to the optimum level after such a lengthy break. He felt a bit nervous at first, but the things gradually improved with time.
“A couple of months back, you couldn’t imagine that you will have IPL firstly… When we had our practice session yesterday, I realised how long it has been. When I was heading to the practice session, I felt nervous.
“I felt a bit jittery, but things were okay. I didn’t miss the game as much as I thought I might…just carrying on with life was also important,” Virat Kohli signed off.