Teams have already reached UAE and since then they have been in a period of isolation, which is declared mandatory as part of IPL 2020 Covid-19 protocols. All the hype of IPL 2020, the lockdowns from March, and deprivation of cricket, what’s the better way for a cricketer to end the lockdown period. Go out and get some hits.
The isolation periods have been over and so the teams have stepped out on the field for their first training sessions in UAE. Apart from CSK contingent, almost all the other teams have started training to be match fit before September 19, when the first match between last year’s champions Mumbai Indians and last year’s runners up Chennai Super Kings.
IPL 2020: Kolkata Knight Riders & Mumbai Indians
Defending champions Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders have started their trainings at the Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium Academy in Abu Dhabi. Knight Riders were the first to get their hands-on bats and balls as the two-times champions want to make it three titles. With Eoin Morgan in their team, the team is the go-to team for this year’s IPL and can go all the way to win the title.
“Feels great to be back in the middle, doing what we do best! It’s been a challenging period of quarantine for the Knights, but we all know how important it was for everyone’s well-being Purple heart” the team tweeted after their session.
Mumbai Indians soon followed them. They are the most successful team in the IPL for four titles. With Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and co, the team is preparing well to be able to lift the trophy for the 5th time.
IPL 2020 : Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals & Delhi Capitals
Meanwhile, Indian captain Virat Kohli hit nets for the first time on Friday and soon he started middling the ball. Virat had said that he was scared for his first hit at the net because he hadn’t pick the bat for about five months but admitted that things went pretty smooth and well and it went better than he had thought.
Similarly coaches, Simon Katich and Mike Hesson, were not too strict upon players as they new that they are into their first practice session in about five months. Royal Challengers Bangalore are looking for their maiden title although they have three runners up medals under their belt.
Rajasthan Royals players also had their training sessions with players getting batting and bowling drills.
Delhi Capitals started their training on Sunday, August 30.
IPL 2020 : Chennai Super Kings
The most affected team of the touring parties is CSK. With at least 10 members have suffered including a of players. Their quarantine time has been extended to September 1 and they’ll be the last team to hit the ground for training.
Although, the schedule for the tournament hasn’t been announced but the first match is scheduled to be played between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on September 19.