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IPL 2022 likely to kick-off on April 2, says Report

The next edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), which will now be a ten-team affair following the addition of Ahmedabad and Lucknow recently, is most likely to begin on April 2 in Chennai.

According to a report in Cricbuzz, the fixtures of the upcoming season have not been finalised yet however, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has internally conveyed to the key stakeholders that the board is planning to start the 16th edition of the lucrative league on April 2 in Chennai.

As the next season will have a total of 74 games, the BCCI has discussed internally that the length of the season will be for over 60 days. As a result, the final could be played in the first weekend of June.

In the revised format, each team will have 14 league games with the current format of seven home and away games each retained.

Meanwhile, as the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are the defending champions, Chepauk stadium will be the obvious choice for the inaugural game however, there is no formal call on whether their opponents will, again, be Mumbai Indians, which has been the case mostly.

Recently, in his speech at CSK’s fourth IPL win celebration event in Chennai, board secretary Jay Shah had said that the IPL will be making a return to India after the entire 2020 season and a half-season of 2021 edition were staged in the UAE due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I know you all are waiting to see the CSK play at Chepauk. Well, the moment is not very far. The 15th season of the IPL will take place in India and it will be more exciting than ever with two new teams joining. We have a mega auction coming up, so it will be interesting to see what the new combinations look like,” Shah had said at the function.

On the other hand, the Mega Auction for the next IPL season will be staged in December and the board secretary expected that the event will be ever more interesting with new combinations.

“We have a mega auction coming up, so it will be interesting to see what the new combinations look like,” Shah had further said.

Earlier on October 25, the BCCI had confirmed that the Sanjeev Goenka-owned RPSG group and international investment firm – CVC Capital – have bagged the ownership rights of the two new franchises of the cash-rich league.

“BCCI is pleased to announce the following successful bidders (subject to definitive documentation and other formalities being completed): 1. RPSG Ventures Ltd. – Lucknow (for INR 7090 crores) 2. Irelia Company Pte Ltd. (CVC Capital Partners) – Ahmedabad (for INR 5625 crores),” the board had said.

This year, the IPL 2021 season was postponed indefinately due to the emergence of multiple Covid-19 positive cases in the tournament’s bio-bubble during the second leg following which, the board had announced to shift the league to the UAE.

RCB names Sanjay Bangar as head coach for IPL 2022

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have named former India cricketer Sanjay Bangar as its head coach for the next season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

After the announcement, Bangar will take over the mantle of coaching the side from Mike Hesson.

Hesson meanwhile, will remain with the RCB franchise as Director of Cricket Operations. Hesson, the former New Zealand coach, had taken over the additional role of head coach for the recently concluded UAE leg of IPL 2021.

Bangar has played 12 Tests and 15 ODIs for India.

He had earlier been associated with coaching roles with multiple set-ups in the cash-rich league. In 2010, he was the batting coach of Kochi Tuskers before being named as the assistant coach of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) for the 2014 IPL season.

It was under Bangar when KXIP had registered their best-ever show in the lucrative league, finshing as the 2014 season’s runners-up.

In 2021, Bangar was appointed as RCB’s batting consultant.

Commenting on the development, Prathmesh Mishra, Chairman, Royal Challengers Bangalore, in a statement said: “RCB has been committed to its philosophy of supporting and grooming talents from within the team and appointing Sanjay Bangar is the reflection of that belief. Sanjay Bangar has been part of our support staff as a batting consultant and brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and batting coach, having worked extensively with the Indian cricket team.”

“Sanjay has been chosen to be the head coach following a rigorous and robust selection procedure. We are confident that he will be able to bring his experience to the fore and maximize the potential of the squad. I congratulate Sanjay on this appointment and wish him all the best as we embark on this new chapter,” he added.

On the other hand, Bangar said it was an honor for him to work with the Bangalore-based franchise.

“It’s an honor and great opportunity to serve such a great franchise in the capacity of Head Coach. I have worked with some exceptional and talented members in the squad and can’t wait to take this team to the next level. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done with the IPL Mega Auctions and the season following it, but I’m sure that together with the continued support of the management and the support staff, we can deliver the goods and bring cheer to our fans across the globe,” he said in a statement.

Apart from IPL, Bangar had also served the India team in different coaching roles – batting coach, assistant coach, alongside being head coach of the Indian team that toured Zimbabwe in June 2016.

RCB had finished the 2021 season at the third place and had registered nine wins from 14 games.

After making to the playoffs of the 2021 season, the Virat Kohli-led RCB went down against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Eliminator.

Manchester United owners show interest for buying new IPL franchise

The cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to the addition of two new team from the next season and as per reports, not only Indian but also many foreign investors are showing immense interest in buying one of the two new franchises.

As per reports, the Glazer family, which owns many sports properties including the famous football club Manchester United and also owns the famous American football club Tampa Bay Buccaneers which features in the National Football League (NFL), has shown interest in owning an IPL franchise as it has picked up the bid documents for the new teams.

According to a report in the Times of India (ToI), the Glazer family has picked up the Invitation to Tender (ITT) document from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the purchase of one of the two new franchises.

Despite picking up the ITT document, there is no guarantee that the US-based company will make a formal bid for the franchise as it will have to first set up a company in India to do so because the ITT document says that a foreign entity will have to set up a company in India to make a bid.

Reportedly, the Adani Group, Torrent Pharma, Aurobindo Pharma, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, Hindustan Times Media, Jindal Steel (led by Naveen Jindal), entrepreneur Ronnie Screwvala and three private equity players have so far also picked the ITT documents.

Significantly, the deadline for the sale of ITT, the INR 10 lakh document, ended on Wednesday and the sale of the new franchise will be done in Dubai on October 25.

So far, around 20 parties have bought the ITT document.

Earlier on August 31, the IPL Governing Council had announced the release of tender to “own and operate” two new IPL teams, which will compete in the 2022 edition of the lucrative tournament.

Firstly, the date was extended to October 10 and later it was further extended by 10 days to october 20.

Significantly, the Indian board will make massive financial gain from the auction of two new franchises for which, a base price of Rs 2000 crore has been set for each franchise.

After auctioning the two new franchises, the BCCI will be receiving a huge amount of Rs 4,000 crore.

Before the auctions are held, the board has already clarified that any bids below the minimum amount of Rs 2000 crore will be directly rejected and no reduction will be made to the minimum bid amount even in the event of a change in the format of the league.

The condition applies even if the number of matches to be played gets reduced.

After the auction, the cash-rich IPL will feature of 10 teams and a minimum of 74 matches from the next 2022 season and further.

Significantly, six Indian cities, namely – Ahmedabad (Narendra Modi Stadium), Cuttack (Barabati Stadium), Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium), Guwahati (Barsapara Cricket Ground), Indore (Holkar Stadium), Lucknow (Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium) have been shortlisted for the auction.

As per reports, Ahmedabad and Lucknow are the frontrunners for hosting the two new IPL teams.

Deadline for buying ITT for new IPL teams extended by BCCI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday further extend the date for purchasing the ‘Invitation to Tender’ (ITT) document for the two new Indian Premier League (IPL) teams, which will be inducted from the next season, to October 20, 2021.

Issuing a statement, the board said that interested parties can purchase the ITT document on receipt of payment of the “non-refundable tender fee of Rs 10 lakh plus any applicable Goods and Services Tax”.

All other terms contained in the Invitation document shall be applicable, said the BCCI.

The IPL Governing Council had on August 31 this year announced the release of tender to “own and operate” two new IPL teams, which will compete in the 2022 edition of the lucrative tournament.

Subsequently, the date was extended to October 10 and now the date has been further extended by 10 days.

“Interested parties are requested to email at ittipl2021@bcci.tv to get further details for purchasing the ITT. The email requesting the ITT should have the subject line ‘ITT for the Right to Own and Operate One of Two Proposed New IPL Teams’,” said a BCCI statement.

“Any interested party wishing to submit a bid is required to purchase the ITT. However, only those satisfying the eligibility criteria set out in the ITT and subject to the other terms and conditions set out therein, shall be eligible to bid. It is clarified that merely purchasing this ITT does not entitle any person to bid,” the statement added.

“The BCCI reserves the right to cancel or amend the bidding process at any stage without providing any reason,” said the statement.

Significantly, the Indian board will make massive financial gain from the auction of two new franchises for which, a base price of Rs 2000 crore has been set for each franchise.

After auctioning the two new franchises, the BCCI will be receiving a huge amount of Rs 4,000 crore.

Before the auctions are held, the board has already clarified that any bids below the minimum amount of Rs 2000 crore will be directly rejected and no reduction will be made to the minimum bid amount even in the event of a change in the format of the league.

The condition applies even if the number of matches to be played gets reduced.

After the auction, the cash-rich IPL will feature of 10 teams and a minimum of 74 matches from the next 2022 season and further.

The Indian board will not only be benifitted through the auctioning alone but will also receive a higher fee from Star India, which owns the IPL media rights, for the 2022 season.

Notably, the 2022 season will be the last and final season of the current media rights cycle, which the Star had acquired in 2017 for a period of five years aftre paying Rs 16347.5 crore.

Meanwhile, auction for the next cycle of IPL media rights is also expected to be held in early 2022.

As per the agreement between board and Star India, the board had received Rs 4086.87 crore of the media rights payment in the first year.

An amount of Rs 3065.15 crore was set for the subsequent years.

With the number of matches set to see an increase in IPL 2022, Star will likley have to pay an additional Rs 715.2 crore next year as it pays Rs 51.08 crore per match as per the present deal.

Significantly, six Indian cities, namely – Ahmedabad (Narendra Modi Stadium), Cuttack (Barabati Stadium), Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium), Guwahati (Barsapara Cricket Ground), Indore (Holkar Stadium), Lucknow (Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium) have been shortlisted for the auction.

As per reports, Ahmedabad and Lucknow are the frontrunners for hosting the two new IPL teams.

IPL 2021: CSK sign Dominic Drakes as replacement for Sam Curran

Three-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have signed Barbados all-rounder Dominic Drakes as a replacement for injured England all-rounder Sam Curran for the remainder of the ongoing 2021 season of the lucrative league.

Drakes, an uncapped West Indian all-rounder, has played one First-Class, 25 List A and 19 T20 matches in his career so far.

As per reports, Drakes, a left-handed batsman and a left-arm medium pacer, was already in the IPL bio-bubble as he was picked up by defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) as a net bowler.

Recently, Drakes, 23, starred with an unbeaten 48 off 24 balls to help his side St Kitts and Nevis Patriots win the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021 title in September this year.

Meanwhile, he had also scalped 16 wickets to become the joint fourth-highest wicket taker in the tournament.

Currently, the MS Dhoni-led CSK is at the second place in the eight-team points table with 18 points in their kitty from 13 matches.

The Yellow Briage will next face Punjab Kings in their last league match of the 2021 season on Thursday at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai.

Earlier on Tuesday, Curran was ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing season as well as the upcoming T20 World Cup, the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had confirmed.

“He [Sam Curran] will fly back to the UK in the next couple of days and will have further scans and a full review later this week from the ECB’s medical team,” the ECB release stated.

Curran, 23, complained of pain in his back after the IPL fixture against Rajasthan Royals at Abu Dhabi last Saturday following which scans revealed the nature of his injury and ruled him out of the showpiece event, which will begin on October 17 in the UAE and Oman.

So far, Curran has featured in nine IPL games this IPL season for CSK. He scalped nine wickets at an economy of 9.93 beside scoring 56 runs from four innings.

Curran will now also miss the reminder of ongoing IPL season, CSK said on Twitter.

“Unfortunately I have received a gutting news that I will unfortunately be missing the remainder of the IPL season and the World Cup. Extremely gutted…absolutely loved my time with Chennai this season. The boys are doing extremely well. It hasn’t really sunk in yet but I’m leaving with the team in a fantastic space. The boys are playing really good cricket. I want to be supporting them from where I am in the next few days. Once it’s all sunk in, I’ll definitely be supporting the team and I’m sure they can go all the way and lift the trophy,” Curran told CSK.

“Just want to say a massive thank you to all the Chennai Super Kings fans, I’ve absolutely loved all your support in the last two seasons I’ve been playing. It won’t be long until I’m back running, bowling and batting in front of all you guys. I’ll be back stronger, until then stay safe. Cheers guys,” he added.

Commenting on Curran’s injury, CSK CEO KS Viswanathan said: “It’s really unfortunate that Curran won’t be available for the rest of the season due to a lower back injury. We wish him a speedy recovery and I’m sure he will emerge stronger from this.:

“BCCI has been informed about the injury,” he had added.

IPL 2021: Chris Gayle to leave Punjab Kings due to bubble fatigue

Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) explosive batsman Chris Gayle has left the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 bio-bubble after expressing a desire to mentally refresh himself before the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Issuing a statement, Punjab Kings said: “Chris Gayle will be leaving the IPL bio-bubble due to bubble fatigue. Having been a part of the CPL bubble and then the IPL bubble he expressed a desire to mentally refresh himself in Dubai before representing the West Indies in the T20 World Cup.”

Gayle said he needed to “mentally recharge” himself ahead of the showpiece event.

“Over the last few months, I have been a part of the CWI bubble, CPL bubble followed by the IPL bubble, and I wish to mentally recharge and refresh myself. I want to refocus on helping the West Indies in the T20 World Cup and would like to take a break in Dubai,” Gayle was quoted as saying in a Punjab Kings release.

“My thanks to the Punjab Kings for giving me the time off. My wishes and hopes are with the squad always. All the very best for the games coming up,” he added.

Meanwhile, Punjab’s team’s Director of Cricket Operations, Anil Kumble has said that he respected Gayle’s decision to take a break before the showpiece event.

“I’ve played against Chris and have coached him at Punjab Kings and all through the years I’ve known him he has always been an absolute professional and we as a team respect his decision and desire to prepare himself for the T20 World Cup,” Kumble said.

Significantly, 42-year-old Gayle has managed just 15 runs from the two games he played in the UAE leg of ongoing IPL season.

Gayle had joined the IPL 2021 bubble right after winning the recently held Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021 with the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, where he had aggregated 193 runs from 10 games this season.

His personal best was 46 runs in CPL 2021.

Although Punjab Kings currently has just eight points in their kitty from 11 games, the KL Rahul-led side mathematically carry a chance of making to the IPL Playoffs.

Despite leaving the bubble, Gayle will remain in Dubai and will later join his West Indies teammates as they kick-off their prepration for their title defence at the T20 World Cup.

Punjab will next face two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Friday. The Eoin Morgan-led KKR currently sits at the fourth place in the eight-team standings with 10 points from 11 games.

While three-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have already entered the Playoffs after nine wins from 11 games and 18 points in their kitty. The MS Dhoni-led Yellow Brigade are then followed by Delhi Capitals (DC) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the second and third place respectively.

VIVO IPL on track to breach 400 million viewers’ mark on TV

With the second-half of VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 underway, Star India network is on track to breach the 400 million viewers’ mark on TV, for the fourth year in a row.

The marquee tournament has so far garnered 380 million viewers until match #35, 12* million higher than IPL 2020 at the same stage. The TV viewer aggregation is in fact higher than the last three editions of the tournament, since 2018.

Second phase of IPL 2021 got off to a brisk start with viewer engagement levels also being at a healthy average of 32% on a per match basis – at par with IPL 2020. As the tournament reaches its end with exciting clashes in the offing, including the playoffs, Star Sports is expecting millions more to tune in as the race to the playoffs heats up.

Commenting on the development, a Star Sports Spokesperson said: “We are proud to have delivered IPL to over 380 million viewers for the fourth time in a row. The last two occasions have been special as we navigated unprecedented circumstances and overcame challenges in bringing IPL to fans in the comfort of their homes. The business end of the IPL always generates a great deal of anticipation among fans that we captured in our campaign, #AsliPictureAbhiBaakiHai.”

“We look forward to a very competitive and immersive second half of the season before we head into the pinnacle of T20 Cricket, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, later next month,” he added.

The success of VIVO IPL can be attributed to Star India’s strategy of regionalisation and customer segmentation, whereby the tournament is presented in 8 different languages to cater to viewers in different states & regions and two additional customised match-feeds to cater to specific consumer segments (Select Dugout which reaches out to core cricket fans and cricket aficionados presented by some of the top T20 experts or the newly introduced Hotstar Dosts feed on Disney+ Hotstar which is a light-hearted take on the match presented by a combination of stand-up comics and guest commentators).

This combined with an incomparable slate of programming comprising Byju’s Cricket Live, Cricket Countdown and Game Plan provide Cricket fans well-rounded coverage of the tournament. The roster of franchise shows such as Knight Club (Kolkata Knight Riders), Inside RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore), The Super Kings Show (Chennai Super Kings), MITV (Mumbai Indians) and Ye Hai Nayi Dilli (Delhi Capitals) stoke fandom for the respective teams and drive tribalism.

The consumption for VIVO IPL 2021 including Star Sports’ pre-match programming stands at 242 billion minutes.

With spots in the playoffs still up for grabs and at least six teams in the hunt, the league stage of the tournament promises to go down to the wire, which will generate even more excitement amongst Cricket fans, which will reach its peak on October 15 when the final of the tournament is played.

Currently, three-time champions Chennai Super Kings, led by MS Dhoni, sits at the first place in the points-table while last-year runners-up Delhi Capitals, led by Rishabh Pant, is at second.

Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders occupy the third and fourth spot in the table.

IPL 2021: Warner hints of leaving SRH after ongoing season

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) opener David Warner’s comments on social media has given a clear hint that the out-of-form cricketer and his present franchise will bid goodbye to each other after ongoing 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Moreover, Warner has also said that he won’t be a part of the playing XI anymore in the ongoing season but urged fans to keep supporting the Orange Army.

On Monday, Warner was left out of the SRH XI for the clash against Rajasthan Royals (RR) as the Hyderabad-based franchise made as many four changes to their side and finally registered their second win out of 10 games this season.

Warner even did not travel with the team to the stadium and instead cheered his side from the hotel room before posting stories on Instagram after SRH registered a comfortable seven-wicket over RR.

What actually clarified that the opener won’t be a part of SRH from next season was his replies to fans in an SRH post on Instagram.

When a fan expressed his disappointments for not seeing Warner in the playing XI and wanted him to make a strong comeback, the former SRH captain replied: “Unfortunately, won’t be again but keep supporting please.”

Commenting on Warner’s exclusion from the playing XI and what made him stay at the team hotel, SRH head coach Trevor Bayliss said: “We’ve got a lot of young players here. For this match, we decided to make a few changes in the team but to give some of the young players a chance who haven’t been a part of 18. Give them an opportunity to experience the game to the players who stayed at the hotel and didn’t even get a chance to come to the ground.”

“We want to give these young guys as many as experience as we can. For this game, David Warner, Kedar Jadhav and Nadeem stayed at the hotel,” Bayliss told reporters.

Warner has struggled to perform with the bat in the ongoing IPL season and has also lost his captaincy during the first half of the tournament, which was staged in India.

Earlier during the first phase of the ongoing edition, several reports had said that Warner had arguments with the SRH team management on exclusion of Manish Pandey from the team and things got so heated that time, that Warner was excluded from the playing XI following which Kane Williamson took over the captaincy.

Warner, who has amassed 5449 runs in the cash-rich league has been woefully short of runs in the ongoing edition as he could manage only 195 runs in eight matches with a strike rate of 107.73.

Although he has a poor IPL 2021 season, Warner has undoubtedly been a great batsman to have played for the Orange Army as he is the highest run-getter for the Hyderabad-based franchise in the history of the league, scoringmore than 4000 runs for SRH at an average of 49.55 and strike rate of 142.59.

Not to forget, it was under Warner’s captaincy that SRH had won their first IPL title in 2016 by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the summit clash.

IPL 2021: Natarajan returns positive for Covid-19 ahead of clash against Delhi

In what could be a major blow to the BCCI, Indian Prelier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) T. Natarajan has tested positive in a scheduled RT-PCR Test.

According to a BCCI release, the fast bowler, who is asymptomatic, and six close contacts identified by the medical team including Vijay Shankar, Vijay Kumar (Team Manager), Shyam Sundar J (Physiotherapist), Anjana Vannan (Doctor), Tushar Khedkar (Logistics Manager) and Periyasamy Ganesan (Net Bowler) have been placed in isolation.

The rest of the SRH squad returned negative results on the RT-PCR Tests conducted this morning.

Significantly, the IPL 2021 season was postponed indefinately due to the emergence of multiple Covid-19 positive cases in the tournament’s bio-bubble during the second leg in May first week.

Later on May 29, the BCCI had announced that the remaining matches of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) remaining matches will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the months of September-October.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year,” a statement from the Indian Cricket Board had said.

“The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting (SGM) held virtually, where members unanimously agreed to resume IPL,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the board also spoke to the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in India in October-November.

“The BCCI SGM further authorised the Office Bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021,” the statement had said further.

At present, Delhi Capitals (DC), the last season’s runners-up, is placed at the top of the IPL 2021 points table with six wins from eight games and 12 points in their kitty.

DC is followed by CSK, RCB and MI at the second, third and fourth place respectively.

The next four places are occupied by Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad, which has managed just a solitary win from seven games it played in the first half.

With 380 runs, DC’s Shikhar Dhawan is the leading run-getter in the tournament while RCB’s Harshal Patel tops the charts for leading wicket-takes after scalping 17 wickets from seven games so far.

Kohli will continue to play with same intensity: Agarkar

Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar has reckoned that Virat Kohli will continue to play with the same energy and enthusiasm despite deciding to step down from Team India’s T20 captaincy and the IPL 2021 season.

“I think one of the things we’ve seen throughout his career, even when he wasn’t the captain and when he played under MS Dhoni quite a bit, the energy and the passion still seemed the same. I can’t imagine it changing just because he’s not the captain and just being one of the guys,” Agarkar said on Star Sports after RCB’s nine-wicket loss to KKR on Monday night.

Kohli recently decided to step down as India’s T20 skipper after the ICC T20 World Cup in Dubai and Oman in October-November and also said he was relinquishing his RCB captaincy after the 2021 IPL season.

Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel said Kolhi must be feeling relieved after relinquishing the RCB captaincy given the workload coupled with prolonged stays in bio-bubbles.

“I think he looked more emotional than happy. I think when you’re playing for one franchise for so many years, you get that emotional connect which was there in RCB. I think RCB actually invested in Virat Kohli’s talent in 2008 and then showed a lot of trust in him as well because if you look at his and RCB’s journey, it has been a rollercoaster one.

“But yeah, he might be relieved because see moving around from one bubble to another can take a load on you and he has spoken about the workload and intensity, which he plays with. I think every practice session, every match session or gym session, he does it with full intensity and that’s something I’m sure he must’ve thought about.”

Recently after announcing to quit the Team India captaincy in the shortest format of the game, Kohli has also decided to step down from his role as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after the completion of VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

Kohli, one of the most decorated players of the franchise, will continue to be part of the RCB squad.

Announcing the move, Kohli said in a statement: “It has been a great and an inspiring journey, captaining a talented bunch of players in the RCB squad. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the RCB management, coaches, support staff, players, and the entire RCB family, who have been instrumental in the growth of the franchise over the years. It wasn’t an easy decision but one that has been well thought of and in the best interest of this wonderful franchise.”

“The RCB family remains close to my heart as we continue to strive to achieve excellence. As I have mentioned previously in many occasions, I will only play for RCB until my retirement from the game of cricket,” he added.