India and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli landed in Dubai on Sunday (12 September) for the remaining matches of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League. He is serving a six days mandatory quarantine period and will play his first game against Kolkata Knight Riders on September 20.
Virat and the other players were supposed to reach the UAE on September 15 or 16 after the fifth Test against England. But the outbreak of the COVID-19 in the Indian camp led to the cancellation of the match. Virat Kohli was not happy with the outcome but defended the stance taken by the Indian players in the end.
“Unfortunate how we ended up being here early but, with COVID in place, things are very uncertain, so anything can happen at any time,” said Kohli in a video posted on RCB Twitter.
He further spoke about the importance of the IPL ahead of the T20 World Cup. “Hopefully, we are able to maintain a good strong, secure environment here and have a quality IPL and onto the World Cup. So now, heading into the T20 phase, I think it is going to be an exciting phase and a very important one for us at RCB and for the Indian team at the World Cup as well,” he added.