Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians, led by Rohit Sharma, have set the stage on fire in Chennai. The high-profile IPL 2021 opener marked the return of the Indian Premier League to India after the previous IPL was held in the UAE amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
The RCB captain, on Friday (April 9), has shared his elatedness of playing the IPL in India again. It was in February this year that international cricket had returned to India after the COVID-19 outbreak had enforced a long hiatus.
“It's unbelievable, bit of a mini-break helped me I guess to win a toss. Going to bowl first. They're a side who likes chasing. Good chance for us to get onto the park and create some intensity. With the balance we have this year we can do both, but have to understand who you're playing against. We understand with the depth they have they have never out of the game. Bowling first was a no-brainer for us,” Kohli said after winning the toss and opting to field in the opening game.
“Every year IPL has a different energy, a different vibe. It's high intensity. Playing for the same franchise has been an honour for me. Loyalty is a big thing for me. Dubai was great as well but this just feels like home. Great feeling to be playing in our stadiums and for people to watch in our prime times. Three guys making their debut: Maxwell, Jamieson, Christian is back after eight years for the same franchise.”
Rohit Sharma, on the other hand, spoke about how the Mumbai Indians side are inspired to win the IPL opener that they haven’t won since 2013. The five-time champions have the momentum to finally break the 8 year jinx.
“Need to do what we do as a team, put our best foot forward. For us it's a fresh year, don't need to look at what's happened in the past. Fresh year, new faces as well. Important for us to start well which we haven’t done in this tournament,” Rohit said.