The Indian Premier League (IPL) is almost round the corner and the teams are in their final leg of their preparation. The organisers revealed the full schedule for IPL 2020 commencing from September 19. Royal Challengers Bangalore will begin their campaign on September 21 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Ahead of the start, skipper Virat Kohli has showered heaps of praise for batting maestro AB de Villiers.
The Royal Challengers will be desperate to end their barren in IPL. They are one of the few teams, who are yet to lift the prestigious trophy. Although having a great batting line-up, they have slipped due to their weak links in the bowling department. The management has put in a conscious effort in the auction by roping in quality bowlers.
De Villiers is batting like it is 2011 – Kohli
Speaking about batting, it still remains one of the strongest in the entire competition. The names of Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers are enough to intimidate any opponent. While Finch is busy leading Australia in England, de Villiers and Kohli have had already a good few rounds of practice.
In a recent chat with RCB Bold Diaries, the skipper showered praise on his teammate. He also said that the past failures with not affect the team in the upcoming IPL.
There was one common emotion in the camp – Happiness. If the first hit was all about getting back to doing what you love, this one was about getting better, and working hard to get there.#PlayBold #IPL2020 #WeAreChallengers pic.twitter.com/I3YDbRKu8e
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 3, 2020
“I spoke to A.B. de Villiers about this. We’ve never felt so calm going into an IPL before. He is batting like it is 2011; he is fit as ever. We’re disconnecting with the past. We’re not carrying any baggage, something we’ve done too many times in the past,” Kohli said in the RCB Bold Diaries interview
The Virat Kohli-led side will play seven games in Dubai, four in Abu Dhabi and three in Dubai. They will play three day games in the process. However, they will remain in one hotel and Kohli feels that will do the players a world of good.
“All teams will know the three venues inside out. This makes a more level playing field. It will boil down to skill,” he said.