Ahead of the IPL 2021, Virat Kohli feels Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera have brought new dimensions to the team


The Indian Premier League is to resume in UAE and the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s captain Virat Kohli, feels confident about the new additions to the team.

“The guys coming in blend into the team culture and the plan of the team very well. The core group is also motivated. We haven’t focused at all on what we’ve missed out on but we feel stronger as the new additions have given us few other dimensions.”

Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa will me missing from the second leg of IPL due to personal reasons which Virat says are entirely “understandable”.

“Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa who were with us in the first leg for a bit, they were an integral part of the team, they made a decision not to play in the second leg for reasons which are absolutely understandable.”

Kane and Adam are not used to playing in hot and humid weather but the new players Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera are.

Waninda and Chameera are Sri Lankan players who have impressed the crowd this year and was cherry picked by the franchise.

Wanindu, the legspinner of the Sri Lankan team, has claimed 26 wickets so far. He has played a total of 17 ODI’s in India. While Chameera has 15 wickets to his name at 17.86 average.

With their skillsets, the captain of the RCB, thinks that the team’s performance will not be impacted despite the big names not playing.

The Sri Lankan are used to playing in such weather conditions and are familiar with the pitch. The players are also aware of the conditions of the subcontinent.

“The replacements we have got for those guys are two players who know these conditions. The conditions in subcontinent this time of the year are pretty similar. Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera are two guys who have played so much cricket for Sri Lanka and they understand how to play on pitches like these and their skillsets will be of huge help for us, playing in Dubai, understanding how hot and humid conditions can be and how the pitches will play out, they know everything.”