Dubai: India's star batsman Virat Kohli practiced with the bat at the nets after five months on Saturday. The Indian captain is batting after a long time and tested his preparations for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat admitted after net practice that he had little bit scared but the first training session was ‘better than expected’.
As you know that, like all the players of the world, Virat was at his home during the lockdown due to the corona epidemic. However, he appeared very much active on social media. On Saturday, Kohli trained on the field after five months. The net practice session also featured legendary South African fast bowler Dale Steyn and team director Mike Hewson.
Kohli said in the franchise's website, “To be honest, it was far better than expected. I was a little scared. I hadn't held a bat for five months, but yes, it was much better than I thought.”
31-year-old Kohli scored the most runs for the team in the IPL last year and said being fit in lockdown helped him do better during the net practise session while he was training after a long break. He said, “I did a lot of training during lockdown, so I'm feeling very fit and it helped me very much. Because your body is lighter and your reaction is also better, I felt like I had plenty of time to play the ball. This is a good thing.”
Virat said, “Otherwise you feel a little heavier in the session, the body can't move that much and it starts moving in your mind, but yes, as I said the practice session was much better than expected.”
Apart from Kohli, the spin trio of Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar and Shahbaz Nadeem and some other fast bowlers also practiced. Kohli was happy after the first session. As you know that, the RCB team arrived in Dubai last week and after completing the quarantine, the players have started practicing in the net from Saturday.
Kohli said, “The spinners looked good on the first day, they pitched the ball at the same place continuously for a long time.” He said, “Shahbaz was good, Vashi was also good. I also saw Chahal bowling. The pace bowlers were a bit slow but our camp started well.”