Pretty scared to hit nets for first time, says Virat Kohli

Dubai, August 30

Indian captain Virat Kohli admitted he was “pretty scared” to hit the nets for the primary time in 5 months however mentioned his first coaching session forward of the upcoming IPL went “better than expected”.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore captain resumed coaching after a five-month coronavirus-forced hiatus. The web session was additionally attended by South African tempo legend Dale Steyn and RCB group director Mike Hesson.

“(It went) much better than expected, to be honest. I was pretty scared. I hadn’t picked up a bat for five months, but yeah it came out better than I thought, to be honest,” Kohli was quoted as saying by the franchise’s web site.

The 31-year-old, who was RCB’s highest run-getter in IPL final yr, mentioned staying match through the lockdown helped him to react higher through the web session despite the fact that he was coaching after a protracted break.

“I’ve trained quite a bit during the lockdown, so I’m feeling quite fit and that helps. Because the body is light and you react better, I feel like I have more time on the ball. That’s a big plus,” he mentioned.

“Otherwise you come heavier into the season, the body isn’t moving as much, and it starts playing on mind, but yeah, as I said it went much better than I expected.”           

RCB arrived in Dubai final week forward of the 13th IPL which is scheduled to start on September 19 within the UAE. The cash-rich T20 occasion was moved out of India as a result of rising COVID-19 instances within the nation.

The group hit the nets on Saturday after efficiently ending their quarantine interval.

Besides Kohli, spin trio of Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar and Shahbaz Nadeem and some pacers additionally skilled and Kohli was happy with the best way they went about their enterprise within the first session.

“The spinners looked pretty good for day one, they pitched the ball in consistent areas for long enough,” mentioned Kohli, whose final project was the two-match Test sequence towards New Zealand in early March.

“Shahbaz was good, Washy (Washington) was very good, I saw Chahal bowl well too. The seamers went through their motions a little bit. All in all, a decent start to our camp.”                RCB have by no means received the IPL although they’d completed runners-up in 2009 and 2016.

Among different groups, Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals have already had their first web session in Dubai and Abu Dhabi respectively. Delhi Capitals too hit the bottom working on Saturday night. PTI

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