The RCB captain believes his team has the resources to go “a few steps further” than they did final year
Royal Challengers Bangalore made it to the playoffs in IPL 2020 for the first time in four years, and captain Virat Kohli believes they’re in a position to go a few steps further in IPL 2021. Kohli’s belief is centred around the lack of home virtue for all teams – much love it used to be in IPL 2020 – and what he considers to be a stronger Royal Challengers squad than final year.
“There’s nothing somewhat like playing in Chinnaswamy in front of your home crowd,” Kohli said. “Obviously the fans are going to overlook watching us play. Such are the times that we are in presently. But the good object is that we are back in India. And one more positive approximately this edition, like final year, is that there is not any home virtue.
“Each team is playing in impartial venues and the strength of your squad in reality comes to the fore. That’s exactly why final IPL used to be so competitive – until approximately the final three-four games everyone used to be in the reckoning to qualify, which I think is great for the tournament. The viewership used to be through the roof, which I expect to be the case this time around as mannered.
“Having done mannered final year in this type of competitive scenario and space, we’re very self-assured that as a side, with a stronger squad this time around, we’re going to have another great season. Just playing in set venues with four teams, I think that’s going to nullify the entire home virtue that each team used to have.”
The Royal Challengers finished fourth on the points table in IPL 2020 – tied on 14 points with the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Kolkata Knight Riders but second among them on net run-rate – and due to this fact missing to the Sunrisers in the Eliminator. Kohli used to be self-assured they could support on that showing, also drawing strength from how mannered some of their Indian players such as Washington Sundar and Mohammed Siraj had done at the international level in the meanwhile. .
“We had a good season final time around, probably would have liked to go a few steps further, which we obviously aim to do as a side this year,” Kohli said. “Very exciting times ahead. I personally feel very relaxed with the resources we have and the strength of our team.
“From personal experience, I will be able to vouch for the truth that when you do mannered with your national team, it’s all the time an exciting time to come to the IPL and in reality make this tournament your own. I aimed to try this as a youngster, bring the confidence I gained at the international level back into the IPL set up. Our youngsters have transform more self-assured with more experience, and now oppositions realize that these are guys that can make an affect in any situation.”
“From personal experience, I will be able to vouch for the truth that when you do mannered with your national team, it’s all the time an exciting time to come to the IPL and in reality make this tournament your own.”
“It feels like I’ve been here for a couple of years now,” Maxwell said of his integration into the team. “The guys have been extremely welcoming, it’s been nice to slip in nearly unnoticed. Taking a look forward to what this season has to come, and expectantly, I will be able to be an addition to help us get a few steps further from final year.”
De Villiers, meantime, expressed happiness at the seamless manner in which IPL 2020’s coaching plans had flowed into IPL 2021.
“One object that sticks out to me is the consistency in the language the coaches are the usage of,” de Villiers said. “Very excited approximately the truth that we’ve got the same more or less mould again this year. Some new faces yes, but the same more or less language is being used. It gives us players in reality a large number of freedom and consolation. I’m very excited to play alongside some guys like Maxi, that I’ve followed for somewhat a couple of years. We had an unbelievable season final year, obviously didn’t win the trophy, but we’re going to be taking that momentum into this season.”
The Royal Challengers will play in the IPL opener against defending champions Mumbai Indians in Chennai, the venue for their first three games. They are going to then go to Mumbai (two games), Ahmedabad (four games) and end their league stage in Kolkata (five games).
Saurabh Somani is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo