IPL 2021: Virat Kohli arrives in Chennai to join Royal Challengers Bangalore

India and Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has lastly joined his franchise in Chennai forward of the opening match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 towards Mumbai Indians on April 9. Kohli, not like the remainder of his Team India colleagues, had selected to a take a small break at his house in Mumbai with spouse Anushka Sharma and daughter Vamika. 

The RCB captain will now have to serve a week-long quarantine mandated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) since he had left the Indian group’s bio-bubble to head house. Team India and England cricketers, who had been a part of their bio-bubble throughout India-England sequence had been exempted from this quarantine interval. 

The Bangalore franchise introduced Kohli’s arrival in Chennai on social media, saying, “If you thought we were done breaking the internet for the day, think again! Captain Virat Kohli has arrived in Chennai.”

In an Instagram story posted on Tuesday (March 30), Kohli wrote, “Nothing like home,” whereas sitting in the balcony of his posh Mumbai condominium.  

Kohli has been a part of bio-secure bubbles because the finish of January, forward of the England sequence, and has been a part of every of the 4 Tests, 5 T20Is and three ODIs due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic. Now, he can be a part of his IPL franchise set-up inside two days of India ending their worldwide house assignments.  

On Sunday, quickly after profitable the ODI sequence in Pune, Kohli underlined the necessity for directors to have a look at the scheduling, protecting in consideration participant actions from one bubble to one other in a difficult setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“Scheduling needs to be looked at in future, because playing in bubbles for so long, two to three months, is going to be very, very difficult going forward,” Kohli stated on the post-match presentation. “You cannot anticipate everybody to be on the similar degree of psychological power.  

“Sometimes you do get cooked and you do feel like a bit of a change. I am sure things will be discussed and things will change in the future as well. But a different tournament, it brings fresh challenges heading into the IPL,” the Indian skipper added.

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