Virat Kohli asserts the importance of balancing training ahead of IPL 2020 flag-off

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Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli, who is known for his penchant for fitness, claimed that the team is maintaining intensity in training as to avoid any potential injuries. Kohli revealed that he is currently satisfied with the fitness of the squad and is raring to go. 

The skipper claimed that he, himself felt comfortable right after the first training session in the UAE. Ahead of the tournament start, Kohli gave an insight into the squad with respect to fitness, ahead of their first match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

“From a 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.

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

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Moving over to training, the skipper explained that the management’s focus of the two-week training period in the Middle-East was to avoid injuries. To combat that, the players were subjected to balanced training.

“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.

Kohli concluded by explaining how the intensity was maintained and increased gradually since the start, as the players were coming in from a long break.

“First few days we are just getting our eye in, getting back in thick of things after 5 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 the wicket and all these.

“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,”

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