Coronavirus has created pandemic across the world. More than 60,000 people have died so far. A whopping 10 lakhs people reported positive. The entire world is now under lockdown. Many countries have sealed their borders to stop the spread of this deadly virus. Consequently, all the sporting events either postponed until further notice or have been canceled. One of the biggest cricket events of the world, Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 was scheduled to start from 29th March. But due to COVID-19, the tournament has been postponed till 15th April. A final decision on the fate of the IPL 2020 will soon be taken after meeting between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and franchise owners. According to media reports, this meeting will take place only when the 21 days lockdown gets over.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is one of the most star-studded teams of the IPL. Lead by none other than the Indian skipper Virat Kohli, players like AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle has represented this franchise. Along with RCB, Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab are the only three teams of the IPL who are yet to win a title in this tournament. Recently during an Instagram live chat with former England player Kevin Pietersen, RCB skipper Virat Kohli opened up about this issue. Kohli admitted that pressure is one obstacle that they need to overcome. RCB skipper said, “You go after something so badly and it keeps running away from you. It has just added pressure in recent years. We’ve just the thought, ‘this is the season, this is the season’. And that blew us all over the place. I think we need to get that joy back.”
As mentioned before, many star cricketers were seen donning the jersey of RCB. But they couldn’t change the fortune of the team. Virat Kohli added, “When you have some of the biggest names to play for RCB, obviously there is going to be much more attention on the team. Even with this team – myself, AB (de Villiers) and (Chris) Gayle has played recently for us as well. We are always going to be more in focus.”