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IPL 2020: Virat Kohli gears up for Royal Challengers Bangalore’s UAE challenge

Gulf News 2020-08-01 19:53:28

Mumbai: Virat Kohli, the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper, shared a glimpse of his equipment he will use during the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 13th edition of the cash-rich league will be played from September 19 in the UAE.

Kohli shared a photo an RCB Tweet, which had five bats and a pair of red-coloured pads all packed.

The IPL is set to be Indian cricketers’ first assignment since March when coronavirus pandemic destroyed the cricketing calendar.

While international cricket recently returned with #raisethebat Test series between England and West Indies, Indian cricketers have had to be content with being at home due to the rising COVID-19 cases in the country.

Kohli will hope a change in venue will bring success to RCB, who are looking to end their IPL trophy drought. Pointing towards their high-profile batting order, former Australia spinner Brad Hogg had earlier tipped RCB to finally win the tournament this time around.

“They have a big chance to take out an IPL. They have always had good stock on paper but they have never been able to go out and get the job done,” Hogg said.

“Now, with the inclusion of (Aaron) Finch at the top, he will be able to dominate the power play overs ... get some quick runs and relieve the pressure off AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli in the middle-order.

“Also, their bowling attack looks strong with Dale Steyn and Kane Richardson, and they have a better team balance as compared to last couple of years. They will have a better strategy going into the tournament.”