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Hesson Shares Royal Challengers Bangalore Planning with Virat Kohli This Year

Hesson Shares Royal Challengers Bangalore Planning with Virat Kohli This Year
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Royal Challengers Bangalore are set to utilize Virat Kohli as an opener at the top along with Devdutt Padikkal for IPL 2021. Mike Hesson in a video posted by the official social media of Bangalore team revealed the same.

On Opening Pair

Mike Hesson, RCB’s Director of Cricket Operations, informed, “We talked about this (Virat opening for RCB) before the auction. It came to our auction planning on how to structure our lineup. So, certainly no surprise there.” In a video posted by Royal Challengers Bangalore, Hesson added, “I’m delighted that he got an opportunity to open for India and show everybody what he is capable of. We certainly know that. It was just a reminder for everybody.”

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He said that the team is looking forward to Virat Kohli opening the innings for RCB with Padikkal. He explained, “We are looking forward to Virat opening the innings with Devdutt. It will ba left and right combination with two different types of players. As for Virat, we know once he gets through the powerplay, he is phenomenal, especially if bats at the top.”

On Keeping

The other speculation that’s doing the rounds regarding Royal Challengers Bangalore team combination is their keeping option. In all Srikar Bharat and Mohammed Azharuddeen, they will have two options this year. KS Bharat is a specialist wicket-keeper while Azharuddeen keeps for Kerala in 50-overs and Ranji Trophy matches.

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The Kiwi coach spoke about the topic in detail, “We were delighted. In fact, he (AB de Villiers) loved it, embraced it and wanted to continue doing it. Look, he is a real option. But we have a couple of options more in the squad which is great. We have Mohammed Azharuddeen is a real natural athlete whether he takes the gloves or fields. We also got KS Bharat who is a specialist keeper. That gives us different options. But we are not going to make any commitment now.”

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Written by Shreyasi Talukdar

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