- RCB skipper Virat Kohli says he is prepared for IPL 2020
- Virat Kohli says he and AB de Villiers feels this is RCB’s season
- Mike Hesson is the head of coaching staff for RCB
Days ahead of the beginning of the 13td edition of the Indian Premier League, the skipper of the franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli, said that he is prepared to lead his team this season and he is feeling the best since the Indian Premier League 2016.
On the RCB YouTube show “Bold Diaries”, Virat Kohli said, “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,”.
On the show, Kohli added that both he and the former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers are hopeful that RCB would be able to turn the tables in IPL 2020 and perform better than the previous 12 seasons of the cash rich tournament.
Virat Kohli said, “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 environment of (the) IPL,” and added that this is the first time he isn’t carrying any baggage.
The 31 year old Indian skipper noted, “Disconnecting with things that have happened in the past and not taking that baggage, as we have done that way too many times. 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,”.
Talking about the team management’s decision of roping Mike Hesson as the head of coaching staff, Virat Kohli said that Hesson can act as the bridge between the “management and the players” while praising management’s decision.
Kohli said, “They (RCB owners) have had a great balance of knowing when to have a conversation and (also) knowing at times ‘okay these guys (players) know what the are doing’,” as he added that “…the reason they got someone like Mike (Hesson) (as they know) that he can be a mediator. Communication is very nicely designated this time.
I feel they (owners) are taking their responsibility and we as players will take our responsibility as usual.” The RCB skipper also said, “I believe we won’t be overburdened this time around which is a great thing to know,” on the YouTube show.