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IPL 2020: RCB Captain Virat Kohli Asks Players To Respect Bio-Bubble Protocols
The instinctive celebrations on the field will also be restricted due to health-safety protocols.
IPL 2020: "Not Here To Hang Out In Dubai," RCB Captain Virat Kohli Asks Players To Respect Bio-Bubble Protocols
New Delhi: India and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli understands "the privilege" of being able to play cricket in the middle of the pandemic and also he wants all the IPL participants to respect the tournament's bio-secure bubbe.
The 31-year-old captain speaking on the RCB's Youtube show "Bold Diaries", said that he didn't exactly miss the game during the coronavirus forced lockdown, which brought the action 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," Kohli said.
Virat Kohli also said that the BCCI's Standard Operating Procedure and the bio-bubble restriction should be non-negotiable for all the participants.
"We are all here to play cricket...The bio-bubble needs to be respected at all times for the tournament to happen eventually. We are not here to have fun and roam around and you know say that 'I want to hang out in Dubai,'" Kohli asserted.
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"That is not the time we are living in. Accept the phase that we are going through and understand the privilege that we have, just to be a part of the IPL. Everyone should accept that and not behave in a manner which situation doesn't require them to," he said.
Virat Kohli speaking about coming back to the game after five months, said it didn't take much time for him to find his groove.
"A couple of months back you couldn't imagine that you will have IPL firstly... When we had our practice session yesterday, I realized how long it has been. When I was heading to the practice session, I felt nervous," he conceded.
"I felt a bit jittery but things were okay. I didn't miss the game as much as I thought I might...just carrying on with life was also important," he said.
Also, the Indian cricket captain credited the side's support staff, led by the Team Director Mike Hesson for making everyone understand what is at the stake and at the same time not put them under pressure.
"Culture will not change for any individual preferences," he said."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. The Ranji Trophy was the last time. But we have done this at some stage of our lives," he said referring to the domestic games which are played in near-empty venues.
"The crowd factor will definitely play a part but the instincts will kick in and it will diminish quite quickly," he added."It has to be a balance. You cannot go berserk. We can't be like kids being sent to a park," he quipped.
The Indian cricket team captain who will welcome his first child in January with actor wife Anushka Sharma said he has been over the moon ever since he got to know about it.
"It is an incredible feeling. It puts things in perspective for you. It is difficult to describe how you feel," he said.