However, the postponement of the event in March as a result of Covid-19 pandemic was nothing wanting a setback. The hard-hitting middle-order batsman, who had a reasonably productive Syed Mushtaq Ali event final 12 months, did not lose hope and continued practising throughout the lockdown.
His endurance and the lengthy wait has lastly paid off and the nation’s premier home event goes to be held within the UAE from September 19.
The 22-year-old in an unique chat over the telephone with MyKhel narrated in regards to the precautions and protocols which he has to observe to be able to clear the assessments and get the ultimate clearance to board that much-awaited flight to the UAE. The proficient middle-order batsman additionally exuded confidence for present within the cash-rich league.
When requested in regards to the protocols which have been put in place for the gamers from the franchise’s facet Virat stated: “Yes, I have received a message from the franchise, I had my COVID-19 test done on August 18 and we have been asked to carry the hard copy of the report to Mumbai on August 21. So I’ll be reaching the team hotel in Mumbai on 21st where we’ll have another test in the evening. Once the players who test negative in both the reports, they will be allowed to board the flight to UAE on 23rd of July.”
Talking about his preparations in Jameshdpur after the BCCI confirmed that this 12 months’s IPL shall be held the proficient cricketer stated, “I have been practising at home and doing the routine training that’s it. I have arranged for a local gym to be opened specifically for myself. Apart from that, I am not meeting with anybody, I’ve been practising with a couple of bowlers in the nets and that’s it.”
When how excited and nervous he’s on the subject of his maiden IPL the cricketer stated, “The excitement level is there and I am not feeling nervous at the moment. But having said that, since it’s going to be my first IPL, so I might be slightly nervous as and when I join my Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates for there are several legends of the game in the side.”
Virat additionally revealed that Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner and his opening companion from England, Jonny Bairstow, may miss out the primary couple of video games as a result of they will be arriving within the UAE simply a few days previous to the beginning of the IPL. With obligatory six-day quarantine guidelines in place, the duo may need to take a seat out for a few video games. Sunrisers are most definitely going to play their first sport on September 22.
“Yes, we have received the message in our Whatsapp group the David Warner and Jonny Bairstow will be joining us a couple of days prior to the start of the tournament. So they’ll undergo the mandatory isolation and tests, and what I hear is that our first game is going to be on 22nd. So if they go into a six-day quarantine then they might miss out on a game or two but not more,” he added additional.
When requested if the absence of those two large names from the facet may very well be a blessing in disguise for him and the group administration may resolve at hand over over IPL debut cap within the opening video games itself, the teenager stated he isn’t thought on such strains however he is ready to place his finest foot ahead at any time when he will get a chance.
“No, I am not thinking much about it as of now. But I am totally prepared and whenever I am going to get a chance, I’ll look to make an immediate impact. I am already two to three years late, I should have made my IPL debut a few seasons back when I made my debut India U-19 side. But now I am prepared and I want to do well this year and show the world that I have arrived and that I belong to the big stage,” he signed off.
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