Indian skipper Virat Kohli who is currently leading RCB at the IPL 2020 understands “the privilege” of being able to play cricket in such unprecedented times. He requests all the players to be respectful of the situation and the bio-bubble. He also mentioned that he did not exactly miss the game during the lockdown when everything including sporting action was brought to a halt.
“Maybe because I was going on day and night for the last 10 years… it was a revelation for me in the sense that my focus was not solely on missing the game all the time,” Virat said. The 31-year-old believes that the protocols and the bio-bubble that has been put in place by the BCCI should be non- negotiable for all the participants.
He mentioned “ We are all here to play cricket… The bio-bubble needs to be respected for the tournament to happen eventually. We are not here to have fun and roam around Dubai”. The star player returned to the nets after 5 months and agreed on having nerves initially, but did not take much time to get back to the groove.
Mike Hesson and his support staff have helped the team realise what is at stake and make sure that they do not put the team under a lot of pressure Kohli added. He also mentioned that initially it will be difficult to play in empty stadiums but players will get used to it eventually. “I would not say it won’t be difficult, strange. The echo of the bat hitting the ball, I haven’t experienced it for the last 10 years, Ranji was the last time”, talking about the domestic cricket he played.
The star cricketer is set to become a parent with wife Anushka Sharma and will welcome their first child in January 2021, said he has been over the moon since he got the news and things have been put in perspective for him and its difficult for him to describe how he feels.