Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians will come face to face in the opening match of the cash rich IPL 2020 on 19th September in Abu Dhabi.
Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore will play the first match of IPL 2020 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on 21 September. "These real challengers have made the country proud and inspired all of us to be more persistent and dedicated to our efforts to build a better tomorrow". That would not have been the case when you have so many options of like I can go out for a coffee...do whatever I want at any time of the day.
Captain Virat Kohli launched the jersey in an online event in the presence of RCB players Parthiv Patel, Devdutt Paddikal and Chariman Sanjeev Churiwala. Even in this (bio-secure) bubble, when we spoke for the first time, we discussed the need to be appreciative of what we have. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, images, videos, licenses, completeness, legality, or reliability of the information contained in this article. Crowds are an awesome part of the game but this time, that is not what we're playing for. And I think just to appreciate that and to understand their situation, is the least we can do. "I haven't seen people getting sad or upset here...everyone has had a smile on their faces", Kohli said.
"All of us have thought about it (initially) and it would be a unusual feeling and I won't deny that". "I think obviously all are used to playing in front of crowds on a big stage, there is certainly an amount of adrenaline that is pumped into you when it gets really loud, especially in Chinnaswamy when the RCB crowd gets going, it's hard to stop the RCB team". Of course, the empty stadiums will give us a odd feeling.
"But that feeling has changed a little bit till now after having gone through a lot of practice sessions and couple of practice games with the teams as well", said Kohli who would look to lead the team to their first IPL title. The 36-year-old dashing cricketer, regarded as one of the destructive batsmen of world cricket, said not just him, every player is just happy to be back on the field after worldwide cricket came to a halt in mid-March because of the pandemic.
Virat Kohli added that the IPL 2020 has given the chance to players to bring joy among people in testing times.
It becomes important to test the fitness and forms of players when they are touching the field after a gap of six long months.
"Crowd is a part of your journey when they are watching you". So, the passion and intensity level will never drop. "There is a larger reason why all this is happening". He also said that it will give the players an opportunity to get a feel of the competition ahead of the season.
"We have started feeling very safe in this environment already - the bubble that has been created for us".
A strong start is very critical, be it any team in any tournament. Just to make a tournament of this scale happen in these times...