Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have never got their hands on the Indian Premier League (IPL) in their history and would want it to change this season. In 2020, the side finished fourth and were eliminated in the Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) leading to yet another disappointing end to a season.

In the auction for the 2021 edition, RCB went for a plethora of changes as they chose to release a big chunk of their squad. They acquired the services of excellent overseas all-rounders in Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian and Kyle Jamieson. The squad seems to have balance at the moment and skipper Virat Kohli would hope that this is the season where their trophy duck ends.

Virat Kohli addresses virtual press conference

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli addressed a virtual press conference ahead of the first match against Mumbai Indians and spoke about the decision to play in neutral venues. “There is nothing like playing in M Chinnaswamy Stadium in front of your home crowd and I understand that obviously fans will miss watching us play but the good thing is that we are back in India and one more positive is there is no home advantage,” said Kohli.

“Every team is playing in neutral venues and the strength of your squad really comes to the fort. Precisely why last IPL was so competitive, until about the last three-four games, everyone was in reckoning to qualify,” he further said. “Which I think was great for the tournament, the viewership went through the roof which I expect to be the case this time around as well and the tournament will be very competitive this time around too,” Kohli added.

Speaking about the mood in the camp, “Doesn’t feel too long ago that we were together, because of how things have panned out last year. We resume at the normal time that IPL happens,” said Kohli.

The match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians takes place tomorrow.

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