Virat Kohli feels he has been able to “disconnect” and feels a “sense of calm” this year that he last felt in 2016

Virat Kohli feels that the tables could turn for RCB this year and that he doesn’t have any baggage going into this season of the IPL like the others.

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Virat Kohli is all set to lead Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020. Despite champion players like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, the side has not been able to get their hand at a single IPL trophy since 2008. The last three seasons they haven’t even been able to make the playoffs. Despite so much pressure on the skipper, Virat Kohli has been able to “disconnect” from the underwhelming seasons that he and the royals have had and feels a “sense of calm” this year, something he haunts felt since 2016.

“The 2016 IPL, we all loved to be a part of (it). Since then, this is the most balanced I have felt about (the) squad,” the Indian skipper said on RCB’s Youtube show ‘Bold Diaries’. Kohli and teammate AB feel that this could be the breakthrough year for the side. This is the first year the skipper feels that he isn’t carrying any baggage walking into the IPL.

“I (have) never felt so calm going into a season before. He (ABD) is coming from a very different space and he is enjoying his life and is very relaxed and fit as ever. I feel I am in a much better space, much more balanced, when it comes to the environment of (the) IPL,” the straight speaking RCB skipper said.

“Just because we have a bunch of players that are so skilled, people like seeing them play is the reason people have had so much expectation as well.” Kohli also feels that Mike Hesson being brought in as the head of coaching staff is a great move as he can act as a bridge between “management and players”.

“Morris brings in a lot of balance. Aaron Finch is someone who has experience of playing international cricket for a while. Some of the youngsters we have picked this time are quite exciting too like Josh Philippe, a very exciting player,” the skipper said. The IPL is all set to begin on 19th September and al teams have been training for over a week now following all protocols related to COVID-19.