After their customary annual football match during their preparation for the upcoming 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, the two alpha members of the RCB camp were at it again. This time around, Virat Kohli’s Hot Dogs and AB de Villiers’ Cool Cats faced off on the cricket pitch to polish their skills with only four days left for their opening encounter against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The franchise shared an image of the two cricketers in a single frame where Kohli is seen assessing the field at the striker’s end. Meanwhile, Ab de Villiers is right behind the stumps donning the gloves. The caption for the image read, “Cool Cats vs Hot Dogs, Cricket Edition”. Check out the image right below:
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 16, 2020
The team had already contested their customary football match. During which strength and conditioning coach, Shanker Basu had disclosed his fear behind cricketers playing the sport of football as part of warm-up. He said:
“I hate football for cricketers. It’s highly injurious. I can only see risk, no reward. But even in the Indian team, we cut football totally but once in a while, I allowed the children to play. Every year, when they play this game, my heart is in my mouth,”
Kicking off the IPL season with a football match has been a tradition at RCB for many years. It was all smiles in the camp when AB’s Cool Cats took on Virat’s Hot Dogs. ⚽️ 🥅#PlayBold #IPL2020 #WeAreChallengers #Football pic.twitter.com/W8F8vmVocw
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 8, 2020
Gradual increase for RCB when it comes to training
Royal Challengers Bangalore are slowly cranking up the intensity when it comes to intensity. Skipper Virat Kohli had revealed that the priority at the moment is balancing training to avoid any possible injuries. He stated:
“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 6 sessions in six days. We gave ample off time to the boys which we will continue to do along the course of the these next few training sessions also,” Kohli said.
“I am very very happy with how the team is shaping up, 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,”