back icon
safari
17 Sep 2020 | 12:28 PM
authorAshish Pant
Acceptance of bio-bubble restrictions has made the players relaxed: Kohli
"We have started feeling so safe in this environment and the bubble, and that can happen only when people go out of their way to make you safe"

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli emphasised how an “acceptance” of the bio-bubble reality and being appreciative of what is in front of them has made all players relaxed.

Interacting during a virtual press conference organised by the franchise, Kohli revealed that despite the restrictions the team was not “cranky” or “desperate”.

“Acceptance is the biggest change that I've experienced,” Kohli said on how his experience has been in the secure environment so far. “Even in this bio bubble, the first time we spoke, we wanted to be appreciative of the things that are in front of you. It's very easy to think of the things that we're not able to do at this moment, but we've accepted that this is what we need to do, this is what we are a part of.

“All of us have become really relaxed in this environment because of acceptance. If we were not accepting of this environment, then you would see people get sad or cranky but I've not seen anything like that. There is no desperation of any sort. That's been the biggest learning of the whole pandemic."

RCB also thanked the COVID warriors and revealed that they will have ‘My COVID Heroes’ inscribed on their jerseys throughout the tournament. Sanjay Churiwala, Chairman of RCB also said that the jerseys worn by the RCB players at the opening match of the IPL will be auctioned and the proceeds will be donated to the Give India foundation.

Kohli paid his gratitude to the management and the COVID warriors stating that a lot of people have gone out of their way to make the team feel safe.

"In the past, you don't think about these things because you plan to come to the IPL and start the tournament. But this time to see how our own management has created a secure space for us here, and the small details with which they have executed things make you appreciate their work even more," he said.

“We have started feeling so safe in this environment and the bubble, and that can happen only when people go out of their way to make you safe. It has to come from a very selfless space. That's across every other team and the whole tournament in general. Just to make a tournament of this scale in these times, I'm sure there are very, very difficult things being done on an hourly basis which we don't see. We just go and practice and do what we love, but I think it's important to be appreciative of the fact that someone has put in effort to make this a reality for you.

"Hence precisely our first chat was about this. One person's mistake could bring everything down. So we should be mindful and appreciative.”

The fervour and the vibrancy of the crowd makes the IPL an even special event but this year owing to the pandemic there will not be any public available to watch the tournament.

Kohli admitted that not having crowds in the stadium will be strange but was confident the intensity levels of the team will not drop because of it.

"All of us have thought of playing in empty stadiums. Of course, it's going to be a strange feeling, I won't deny that. But the feeling has changed a little after the practice sessions and the practice games. At the end of the day, you understand you started playing the sport for the love of it. Now you have the chance to present that love when the whole country and world is watching, and that will bring joy," he said.

"Crowds are an amazing part of any sport, but that's not what you play for eventually. You play for the right reasons which it to play as a team passionately together and for the love of the game. Crowd is a part of your journey when they're watching you. Our core reasons will remain the same from when we started playing as kids. Our intensity levels or passion will not drop because there are no crowds. There's a larger reason for the situation now and we'll stay true to that."

RCB start their campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday (September 21).

Share
Tags
Virat KohliParthiv Ajay PatelDevdutt Babunu PadikkalRoyal Challengers BangaloreIndian Premier League, 2020
Related Articles
INTERVIEW
Rohit has great awareness of white-ball cricket: Parthiv Patel
The India wicketkeeper shares his thoughts on the recently-concluded IPL, whether Rohit Sharma should be handed limited-overs captaincy and much more in this exclusive chat
Vimal Kumar
26 Nov 2020
NEWS
Length of tours will have to be considered going forward: Kohli on bio-bubble
The Indian team departs on a long tour of Australia right after the IPL, moving into one bio-bubble from another
PTI
06 Nov 2020
NEWS
Best I've felt since 2016 season, never been so calm, without baggage going into IPL: Kohli
Kohli said that both he and AB de Villiers feel that this could be the "breakthrough season" when tables will turn for the franchise which has flattered to deceive on many occasions
PTI
07 Sep 2020
NEWS
Here to play cricket, not have fun; hope everyone understands that: Kohli on IPL bio-bubble
Speaking about coming back to the game after five months, Kohli said it didn't take much time for him to find his groove
PTI
01 Sep 2020
NEWS
In bio-bubble already, England and Australia players won't require quarantine in UAE: RCB chairman
All the English and Australian players will land in the UAE via a charter flight on September 17
PTI
20 Aug 2020
INTERVIEW
The message from Mikey was very strong: David Gower
The stylish former England captain has his say on racism, the BLM movement, Rohit Sharma and more in this free-wheeling interview
Vimal Kumar
11 Jul 2020
INTERVIEW
It will be a challenging Test summer for us: Tim Paine
The Australian Test captain answered a host of queries on varied topics in an online interview
Cricket.com staff
23 Jun 2020
INTERVIEW
Will stay away from banter with Indians this time: Matthew Wade
The Australian wicketkeeper-batsman opened up on a host of topics in an online video interview to Cricket Australia
Cricket.com staff
09 Jun 2020
NEWS
Not leaving RCB till the time I am playing IPL: Kohli
Kohli and de Villiers will be auctioning their cricketing gear to raise funds for the fight against COVID-19 pandemic
PTI
24 Apr 2020
INTERVIEW
Alex Carey really optimistic about Australia's chances in the T20 World Cup
The Australian ODI wicketkeeper-batsman touched upon a variety of topics in this detailed interview
Cricket.com staff
16 Apr 2020
Cricket like never before
Term of use
Privacy Policy
Cookies Policy
Follow us on
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved