Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be playing the tournament opener of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 against two-time defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) on Friday in Chennai. Ahead of the start of this season, RCB signed a multi-year kit sponsorship deal with sports manufacturing giants Puma, a brand that their captain Virat Kohli has been associated with for pretty long.
In a recent photoshoot for Puma, Virat Kohli, along with teammates AB de Villiers, Washington Sundar, and new recruit Glenn Maxwell, was seen having a time of their lives before the start of the grueling schedule.
In a video posted by Puma Cricket on its social media handles, the four RCB cricketers can be seen gesturing towards the camera with a show of energy. The duo of Kohli and de Villiers then break into laughter. Captioning the video on Twitter, Puma wrote: “Yess! We can feel the energy through our screens. Can you? #PUMAxRCB.”
Yess! We can feel the energy through our screens.
— PUMA Cricket (@pumacricket) April 7, 2021
Virat Kohli and his merry bunch of ‘Royal Challengers’ will look to win their maiden title when they hit the ground in IPL 2021. The team has reached the final three times but lost each and every time and also made it to the playoffs last season. Yet, there has been a lot of chopping and changing as RCB continues to look for their best playing XI.
The team lacks genuine match-winners apart from Kohli and AB de Villiers and had a young bowling attack, which has been their bane over the years. Whether they can get beyond their weaknesses to win the title remains to be seen.
RCB’s best shot is to somehow make the playoffs and then expect a big performance from Kohli and ABD in the knock-outs. Unfortunately, the script has gone awry for them far too many times. But they will not be giving up hope. The addition of Australian Glenn Maxwell to the side might add a bit of x-factor although the Aussie needs to deliver on his big-money price tag.