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From fitness point of view everyone is looking in great shape: RCB skipper Kohli

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Back into the thick of things after five months of coronavirus-forced break, Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli is happy with the fitness level of his team members, saying “everyone is looking in great shape” ahead of the IPL beginning on September 19.

Kohli, a fitness freak, said he himself felt good from the first training session after landing in the UAE.

“From fitness point of view everyone is looking great, everyone is in good shape. It’s a matter of feeling good and I think I felt good from the first session onwards,” Kohli said in a video posted on RCB’s Twitter handle.

“Obviously, there are a few things that you try and rectify along the way and once you reach your optimum mindset and you enter competition you just want to stay in that as much as possible.”

The India captain said the team management’s focus during the two-week training period in the UAE was a balanced approach to avoid injuries to players. “We don’t want to push anyone into a niggle or an injury because we understand it’s been a while away from the game. So I think we moved ahead in a balanced manner.

“We don’t want to be a maniac like doing six sessions in six days. We gave ample time off to the boys, which we will continue to do along the course of the these next few training sessions,” Kohli said.

He said that after the long break, the need of the hour was to start slowly and increase the intensity of training sessions gradually, which the RCB had now managed to attain.

“First few days we are just getting our eye in, getting back in thick of things after five months, it’s a bit different, try and get into the frame of mind which you usually want to be. It takes a bit of time, in these sessions now we are mostly batting in the middle, trying to figure out hitting angles, understanding the pace of wicket and all these.

“I am very very happy with how the team is shaping up,” said the talismanic batsman.

“A few shoulders were sore initially because we threw after months, suddenly you realise a few muscles were asleep. But I think the guys are now getting back into the intensity level we want,” the skipper added.

RCB will open their IPL campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad on September 21 in Dubai.

The IPL will be played across three UAE venues this season – Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

The tournament has been moved out of India due to the Covid pandemic. PTI

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