Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli seemed to be in his element as the team took to their second day of training, a day ahead of the IPL 2021 opener against defending champions Mumbai Indians on Friday.
In a video shared by the franchise on social media, Kohli could be seen giving the players a pep talk and welcoming the new recruits into the team.
Kohli asked his players to show intensity and said that that is the way the team has always played. He also asked everyone to enjoy the game at every stage of the tournament.— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 8, 2021
"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 of the field.
“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," Kohli said in the video.
He also told the players that the team management will back them to the core and asked his team to add to the team culture of the RCB.
"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.
Team management will back every player, says Kohli
"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," the RCB captain said.
He rounded his talk by saying that if the players believed in their goal, then the team can go on to do ‘some special things this season’.
"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,” Kohli added.