RCB released as many as 10 players from the squad that qualified for the playoffs in IPL 2020 and bought the likes of Kyle Jamieson, Glen Maxwell, KDan Christian, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Suyash Prabhudesai, and KS Bharat to beef up their squad.
Ahead of their tournament opener against defending champions Mumbai Indians, Kohli welcomed the latest signings and laid down the things that are expected from them at RCB.
“To all the new guys who have joined RCB, welcome to this amazing group of guys. As you know from the guys that have played here in the past, the atmosphere, the energy throughout the season will be amazing. The only thing I expect from the guys is to make the most of the time spent on the field,” Virat Kohli said in a video shared by RCB.
”Whether it’s practice sessions, needless to mention, I expect guys to show intensity. That’s the way we have always played and that won’t change,” he added.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2016 last year where they were eventually beaten by the SunRisers Hyderabad.
Kohli said that last years’ performance was a great step in the right direction and with an even stronger squad this year, he is expecting good things to happen again.
“Last year was a great step in the right direction for us and I feel like our squad is even stronger this year. I expect good things to happen again,” Kohli added.
“But a lot of enjoyment happened last year and the focus was to make the most of the time we had, especially in our practice sessions. There was no mucking around, there was no wasting time. We were professionals in what we wanted to do and had a lot of fun as well through the season.” said Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli assured the players that he and the team management will back them constantly and if the entire group sticks around and believes in the teams’ culture and planning then they can do special things this year.
“I am backing you, the management is backing you. Players who have been selected, we believe they are going to contribute to the culture that RCB has, and to the plans that we’re going to execute on the field,” Virat Kohli said.
“If we all believe together, we can do some really specials things this season. All of us should look forward to it, I certainly look forward to it. So let’s get off to a good start boys.” he concluded.