IPL 2020: RCB captain Virat Kohli admits of having sore shoulders initially during practice sessions in UAE
IPL 2020: Kohli says it took some time to get in groove after coronavirus hiatus
- Sep 13, 2020
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are now eagerly waiting to start their IPL 2020 campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Septmeber 21. The Virat Kohli-led team are currently focussing on their practice sessions, with the sole motive of getting back into the thick of things.
RCB's social media have uploaded several pictures and videos of their team and captain sweating it out in the middle, tonking the ball in different styles. Virat Kohli during his initial net sessions had admitted of being "scared" to pick bat after a gap of 5 months and now he has revealed that the long coronavirus-forced break had led to sore muscles during the initial training sessions.
The 31-year-old added that it was different to try and get back into the desired mental frame of mind because of the hiatus. Kohli, who is still to win an IPL trophy, stated that the team is getting into the groove now and he was happy with it.
The RCB skipper knows how long practice sessions can carry the risk of injuries. Kohli, IPL's highest run-scorer, said that the Bangalore-based team was not training like maniacs for six consecutive days and were giving ample time to their players to recover.
“Obviously, the first few days, which is for getting your eye in, getting back into the thick of things, after five months, it’s a bit different to try and get back in the frame of mind which you usually want to be in. It takes a bit of time, so heading into these sessions now where we’re batting mostly in the middle with hitting angles in the field and understanding the pace of the wicket and all those things. [I’m] very happy with how the team is shaping up.
“Few shoulders were sore initially because we after months and suddenly you realise that a few muscles are asleep so I think the guys are getting back into the intensity levels that you want. We don’t want to push anyone a niggle or an injury’ we understand it’s been a while away from the game.
“We’ve moved ahead in a balanced manner. We didn’t want to be like a manic, doing six sessions in six days, we gave ample off time to the boys which we’ll continue to do along the course of these next few training sessions also. But yeah, from a fitness point of view, everyone’s looking great. Everyone’s in good shape.
More intense, more hungry than ever before, and more balanced, Virat Kohli speaks about his progress after two weeks of practice in the UAE ahead of Dream 11 IPL 2020. pic.twitter.com/l2ovA1IgGf— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 12, 2020
“It’s a matter of feeling good and I think I’ve felt good from the first session onward. There are a few things you want to rectify along the way and once you reach your optimum mindset and you enter the competition; you want to stay in that as much as possible," Virat Kohli said.
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