Indian players refused to play the fifth Test against England to be played at Old Trafford ground after Team India’s colleague physio Yogesh Parmar was infected with COVID-19.
Virat Kohli is the second Indian captain to win a Test at the Oval.
Indian captain Virat Kohli termed the postponement of the fifth Test against England due to COVID-19 as unfortunate, and expressed hope that the bio bubble of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be strengthened to deal with this uncertain time. The Indian captain, who led the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team in the tournament, postponed the fifth Test against England to be played at Old Trafford ground along with some other players after national team colleague physio Yogesh Parmar was infected with COVID-19. refused to play.
Kohli told RCB’s digital media platform, ‘It is unfortunate that we had to reach here early (in the context of coming to Dubai due to the cancellation of the Test), but things are very uncertain due to Corona virus. There is such a situation that anything can happen. Hopefully, we will be able to maintain a good, strong and safe environment and it will be a great IPL. This is going to be an exciting time. It is very important for us at Royal Challengers Bangalore and then for the Indian team in T20 World Cup.
RCB will play on September 20
The second phase of IPL postponed due to COVID-19 will start on Sunday (September 19) while Kohli’s team will play its first match of this phase on Monday. The team has some talented cricketers like Sri Lankan leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga and Singapore batsman Tim David. The captain is happy with the arrival of these players.
Kohli said, ‘I am in touch with everyone. We have discussed a lot in the last one 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 the key players but the players who are coming in their place have great skills for these conditions (Dubai). I look forward to meeting him, looking forward to practicing with everyone. We want to continue the good start (five wins in seven matches in the first leg).
RCB’s performance in the first half of IPL was decent. She had won five out of seven matches and was at number three in the points table. RCB is yet to win the IPL title.
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