Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli will undergo hotel quarantine upon his arrival in Chennai after taking a short break to be with his family after the completion of the India-England series on March 28 in Pune.
The quarantine rule has been placed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for any player coming into the IPL outside the India-England bio bubble as a precaution to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Kohli will have to undergo the mandatory seven-day quarantine unlike his team members Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Siraj because of him going out of the bio-secure bubble that was made during the India-England affair. Players, who decided to transfer themselves straight to the bubble which the franchises created were exempted from the one-week hotel stay.
While Siraj and Chahal went straight into the RCB bubble, Kohli went back to Mumbai to spend some time with his family before checking in to RCB’s team hotel in Chennai on the first day of April. Much like Kohli, star South Africa batsman AB de Villiers will also have to do the same when he arrives in Chennai on the same date.
Kohli and De Villiers have been upbeat about RCB’s chances in the Indian Premier League this year and has also been in good form lately in the limited-overs series against the Three Lions.
The Indian captain scored three fifties in the five-match T20I series and two half-centuries in the three-match ODI series, both of which India won 3-2 and 2-1 respectively. Kohli will now be hoping to carry that form into the IPL and lead RCB to their maiden IPL title. Last season, they were knocked out in the first eliminator by Sunrisers Hyderabad.
RCB will kick off their campaign against defending champions Mumbai Indians on April 9 at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.