Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab gamers arrived in Dubai on Thursday (August 20) night whereas KKR landed in Abu Dhabi at evening. The 13th version of IPL goes to be held within the UAE, beginning September 19.
The gamers can be confined to their lodge rooms and solely after three rounds of testing they may start coaching for the T20 league shifted to UAE as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
“This IPL will be different. What has happened in the world has pained us deeply and it is surely a challenge to play cricket. But we understand that when we play the game, we bring happiness to our fans,” Karthik advised the KKR web site.
“Yes, there will be a bio bubble. Yes, we haven’t played or trained extensively for the last few months. Yes, the road ahead may be full of obstacles. But we promise to give it all,” mentioned Karthik.
KKR will miss the group help they get at Eden Gardens however Karthik believes that each participant will hold the long-lasting venue in his coronary heart whereas enjoying within the UAE.
“We may not be playing this year at our home Eden Gardens, but it is where our heart is. As we embark on our journey to the UAE, with slight nervousness and immense enthusiasm, we seek your (fans’) blessings.”
KKR spinner Kuldeep Yadav admitted the lockdown had taken a toll on him.
“Initially, it was very tough to adjust when the lockdown was imposed, because we were unable to practice outdoors. But I am completely ready now. In fact, I will be happy if there is a match in the next 7 days! I can’t wait to get back in action,” mentioned Yadav.
Talented top-order batsman Shubman Gill was equally pumped to get again on the sector.
“I think we all are really desperate (to play) because for a long time, we were in our houses and we have only been prepping mentally. We all are really excited. I’m very excited to go out there and express myself,” the 20-year-old mentioned.
KKR’s Indian pacers Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi and Prasidh Krishna pressured how vital the following few weeks had been going to be for them to get again within the groove for the season.
“It will not be a straightforward yr. Playing cricket after being locked up in the home for over 5 months goes to be fairly a special expertise.
“The gamers must be inside a bio bubble all through the match which implies they cannot step out past designated zones, nor they will are available in contact with outsiders. Even as associates, we’ve to keep up distance. No hugging, no excessive fives,” Prasidh mentioned.
“The final four-five months at residence have actually taught me how vital cricket is for me,” Warrier identified.
Nagarkoti, who missed the 2018 and 2019 seasons as a consequence of accidents, can also be raring to go.
(With PTI inputs)
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