Captain Virat Kohli and explosive batsman AB de Villiers have arrived in Chennai to join the RCB squad for training before next week’s first game of IPL 2021. The South African batsman has backed Royal Challengers Bangalore to do well this season. He believes that momentum is with the franchise after a strong end to last season.
Bold Diaries: AB de Villiers joins the RCB team in Chennai
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The 37-year-old batsman is looking forward to playing with Glenn Maxwell and Dan Christian. Meanwhile, Kohli joined the team bubble on Thursday in Chennai. Kohli took a few days break before joining the team after the ODI series against England. He will have to undergo seven-day quarantine before joining up the squad. Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Siraj have started training with RCB after travelling to Chennai straightaway from Pune earlier this week.
RCB made two serious buys in IPL 2021 auction. The franchise bought New Zealand bowler Kyle Jamieson for Rs. 15 crores and Glenn Maxwell for Rs. 16.25 crores. Maxwell is known for his explosive batting style and his ability to change the game in space of few deliveries.
Mike Hesson confident about getting the best out of Maxwell
RCB’s director of cricket, Mike Hesson is confident about getting the best out of Maxwell. The Australian all-rounder has failed to impress in the last five IPL seasons. Eyebrows were raised when RCB paid a big fee for him. However, Hesson believes that Maxwell will help RCB in middle overs.
Bangalore will begin their campaign against five-time champions Mumbai Indians in the opening match of IPL 2021. In IPL 2020, Kohli’s men finished fourth in the table, level on points with Kolkata Knight Riders but managed to qualify because of a better net run rate. They were knocked out of the tournament by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the playoffs.