D Day is almost done here. All eight teams have done their best to enjoy the bubble and keep energy levels high during these demanding periods. Marquee players joined their teams, continued to perform high-intensity drills and have fun on the sidelines.
The defending champions had a pre-season press conference with Captain Rohit Sharma and Chief Coach Mahela Jayawardene.
With the addition of Chris Lynn to the MI family this season, Jayawardene was asked if the top combination would be tweaked The Sri Lankan Grand has made it clear that MI will continue with the Rohit-QDK option. Rohit also announced that he is looking to face the new ball.
They were also asked if the past experience of the UAE was at the back of their minds when the Mumbai Indians lost all five games in 2014 before turning it around in India. Rohit said they would stop looking at bringing any extra luggage with a new-looking team after that in 2014.
IPL Is Like A Festival
The MI captain added that the Dream11 IPL is like a festival in India and as role models, they want to give the right message back home to the people. He added that he knows that this sport means so much to Indian fans.
Kolkata Knight Riders
All The Way From US Of A:
Kolkata Knight Riders welcomed pacemaker Ali Khan to their family after being named the replacement of Harry Gurney. Khan will be the first U.S. player to enter the Indian Premier League Dream11.
Beat The Heat, KKR Way!
The Cool Khan may be in the confines of the space, but the rest of the Knights have discovered different ways to cope with the sun. Somebody get a drink from them!
Brotherly Love, Social Distancing Style:
Last week, we saw Mumbai Indian captain Rohit Sharma & KKR members Abhishek Nayar & Kuldeep Yadav playing catch-up while maintaining social distance. This time, Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya were doing the same thing.
Abu Dhabi – New Home For The Knights:
The team also revealed their first look of their home ground for 8 games this season, away from home.
Chennai Super Kings
Fun Shoots And Play:
As the season opener is set to approach, the Chennai Super Kings have been busy wrapping up their shoots. There’s a lot of laughter and laughter as they practise for the camera.
On the training front, the Chennai Super Kings have developed a visual delight for their fans with the visuals of their practise games. Faf du Plessis, M Vijay and Watson looked at each other in great rhythm.
MS Dhoni ‘s fans, too, had every reason to celebrate as their Thala had been seen tottering a few out of the Dubai park.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
How’s the JOSH?
From playing some pool volleyball to sweating it out in the Dubai sun, the RCB was at it from the word go.
Words Of Wisdom:
One of the senior members of the squad, AB de Villiers, was seen talking to young recruits and directing them through the nets. What could be better than your idol talking to you by techniques?
As safe as houses
As intense as it can be, the Skipper, along with ABD and Parthiv, show us the true meaning of ‘home safe.’
Orange Army – One Family:
Meanwhile, after a long layoff, the Orange Army was focusing on their emotions of returning to the field. This is a well-knit family we’re going to claim.
In the meantime, Rashid Khan was munching his way through quarantine. We now know where the astute bowling skills come from!
Who doesn’t love the colours of the sun? Painting the sky with orange – literally!
It did not matter if it was an intra-squad game or a net exercise, at least for Rishabh Pant. There was no mood for the wicketkeeper-batsman to smash anything down the pitch. Rightly, let ‘s say, with the power-hitting skills that he has. There was also an audaciously frantic reverse scoop while he was at it.
Pace Battery In Top Shape
Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma and Anrich Nortje, meanwhile, looked in top form. The pace-bowling trio shot all the cylinders – bowling bouncers, practising toe-crushers, disrupting the wood and reaching the corridor of confusion.
It was under him that Rajasthan Royals won their maiden IPL title in 2008 and RR found a perfect way to celebrate the birthday of their former skipper and legendary spinner, Shane Warne, announcing him team mentor and brand ambassador.
Stone Cold In The House?
The WWE-Cricket crossover, nobody really saw it coming, or did we? For the children of the 90s, 3:16 is pretty much enough to know where we’re going or what we’re talking about. If you agree, let Ankit Rajpoot say, “Hell yeah.”
Kings XI Punjab
A Practice Game Before The Real One:
The KXIP played a hands-on game to give their boys a sense of the actual action that will take place on Saturday. Director of Cricket Operations, Anil Kumble said it was necessary because the team had not played a game in the last six months.
A Fun Pool Session:
The boys also had a nice session in the pool, which also helped them to relax. They posted a small video on their social media and it looked like an intense game of laughter.