The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) leg-spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal was seen giving some batting tips with his teammate AB de Villiers ahead of an intra-squad practice match between Team Chahal and Team Virat Kohli in Dubai. Chahal, who was leading the team, had De Villiers slotted in as an opener and the leg-spinner who scored six runs from 14 matches last season, implored ABD to make sure the elbow “will go straight” and to “watch the ball till the end.”
De Villiers grasped the lessons like a dedicated student. Talking about the experience of being led by Chahal, ABD said, “I didn’t know I was going to open. I just put my pads on because I wanted to be a good player for my captain – to show him that I am always ready no matter what happens.”
Bold Diaries: RCB Intra Squad Practice Match
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The good humor aside, the two RCB camps had witnessed an intense practice match where key RCB players including De Villiers, Kohli, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Parthiv Patel, and Washington Sundar were seen in some serious action.
RCB is yet to win an IPL title despite reaching the final on three occasions – 2009, 2011, and 2016. In IPL 2020, they are having some fine balance in their squad which will help them to win the trophy.
Kohli, the captain, said the RCB squad for IPL 2020 is the “most balanced” he has had since 2016 – when RCB last made the IPL final. They will be locking horns with SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their opening game on September 21 in Dubai.
The IPL has been moved out of India to the UAE due to the sudden increase in the cases of COVID-19 pandemic back home. The tournament is scheduled to commence on September 19 when defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Chennai Super Kings.