Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), captained by Virat Kohli, will play their first match in the second leg of IPL 2021 against Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday. The team has included four new players in its squad for the second phase. These include Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga. Kohli is now very excited about these players. Captain Kohli is very happy about Hasranga and has also talked to the Sri Lankan spinner on WhatsApp chat before the match.
According to the report of InsideSports, captain Kohli has sent messages to Sri Lankan spinner Hasaranga. Hasranga is currently playing in the ongoing T20 series against South Africa. According to the report, ‘Hasranga was absolutely excited by the message of captain Kohli and he is looking forward to join the RCB camp at the earliest.’ Kohli is currently in quarantine in Dubai. In the match against Kolkata Knight Riders, RCB players will not land in red or green jersey, but in blue jersey. The franchise team RCB has taken this decision in support of the Kovid frontline workers. This jersey has been made in the color of PPE kit and special messages have also been written along with the jersey number and name of the players.
Kohli wrote in a WhatsApp message to the players, ‘I am in touch with everyone. We’ve had a lot of discussions over the past month. There have also been discussions about players taking the place of others in the team. Ultimately, we were able to get talented cricketers to join the team instead of our key players. We will miss key players but the players who are coming in their place have great skills for these conditions (Dubai). I am looking forward to meeting them all. Looking forward to practicing with everyone. We want to continue the good start.
RCB have included Hasaranga in place of Adam Zampa, Dushmanta Chamira in place of Daniel Sams, George Garten in place of Kane Richardson and Tim David in place of Finn Allen for the second leg. Royals Challengers Bangalore are on the third position in the points table with five wins in the first leg of IPL 2021.