India skipper Virat Kohli feeds off the energy of the crowds and jam-packed stadiums. But, unfortunately due to the pandemic situations across the globe, the sporting world have gone spectator-less, and the all charming Indian Premier League (IPL) due to start from Saturday, will also be played behind closed doors in the UAE.
But, even if the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League is set to be played behind closed doors, the Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) skipper, Virat Kohli feels that the absence of crowds will not bring a drop in his playing intensity.
“The intensity and passion won’t drop even if there are no crowds,” the RCB skipper said at a media session to launch the Royal Challengers covid warriors campaign.
Kohli said that empty stadiums will obviously feel strange and it will be different when they walk out to play, but after a number of training sessions and practice matches behind closed doors, the feeling has started to sink in.
We’ve all become more accepting of the situation around us,” Kohli said. “Acceptance is the biggest change I’ve experienced.”, the skipper added.
Speaking about the love for the game, Kohli said that this is a great chance to play for a bigger reason, to bring back the smiles on people’s faces.
This time we’re playing for a bigger reason. To bring smiles back on people’s faces, those who’ve faced tough times due to the pandemic.”, Virat said.
Speaking about his experience being in the bio bubble, Kohli said that the whole atmosphere has given him a new perspective as well as a new appreciation for the sport.
“Even in this bubble, when we spoke for the first time, we discussed the need to be appreciative of what we have. It’s easy to think of what we can’t do, but all of us have become relaxed.”, Kohli said.
The Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad for their season opener on September 21 at the Dubai International Stadium.
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