Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli welcomed the newcomers in the squad ahead of the IPL 2021. He delivered a speech before full-squad training at Chepauk and mentioned they will be playing with the same high intensity as always.
Big buys like Glenn Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson have joined the squad. The other new players who are included this year are Dan Christian, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Suyash Prabhudesai, and KS Bharat.
RCB shared the video on Twitter which featured their squad and preparation for the tournament. Skipper Kohli motivated his teammates before they kick-started their full-squad training session.
"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," he said.
Kohli is taking positives from the last season in which RCB reached the play-offs, however, their performance in the last few matches were not something to be proud of. "Last year was a great step in the right direction for us and I feel like our squad is even stronger this year. I expect good things to happen again.
"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", he added.
The RCB captain gave the players a sense of comfort and said the team management believes in every player who has joined the squad. "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," he said.
"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."