India captain Virat Kohli said it is unfortunate to “end up here early” for the IPL after the cancellation of the fifth Test against England and hoped for a “secure” bio-bubble in the league to tackle the “uncertain” times.
Kohli arrived in Dubai on Sunday (12 September) after the fifth and final Test between India and England was called off. Notably, The Indian team decided not to take the field at Old Trafford, which led to the cancellation and eventual postponement of the Manchester Test.
Kohli further said it is unfortunate to end up here early for the IPL after a Covid-19 outbreak led to the cancellation of the fifth Test against England.
“Unfortunate that we had to end up here early, but with COVID in place, things are very uncertain,” Kohli told the RCB’s digital media platforms.
“Anything can happen at any time. Hopefully, we’re able to maintain a good, strong, and secure environment, and have a quality IPL.
Virat Kohli happy with new signings in the RCB squad
The IPL begins on Sunday and RCB will play their first match on Monday. The RCB will have some exciting new additions to their squad including leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga and Singapore batter Tim David. The skipper is looking forward to meeting the new recruits.
“I’ve been in touch with everyone. We’ve had discussions over the last month or so, a little longer than that with the replacements, who’s coming and who’s not. Eventually, we ended up replacing our key players with some top-quality cricketers,” the RCB skipper said.
He believes that replacement players will fit into the system perfectly.
“Our key players will be missed, and they are a part of the family, but the people coming in as well have great skill sets, especially for these conditions.
“So, I’m very excited to see them, with the whole group at practice, and certainly very excited to resume a very good season that started last time around,” he said.