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IPL 2018: RCB looks to be the most balanced side this season, says Kohli

[caption id="attachment_65002" align="alignnone" width="580"]Virat Virat Kohli in a lighter mood during the training session of Royal Challengers Bangalore. Image Source: Twitter[/caption]

XtraTime Web Desk: Royal Challengers Bangalore has the most balanced side in this edition of Indian Premier League, feel Virat Kohli. The RCB captain sounded optimistic with his side’s chances of winning the coveted trophy that has so far eluded him. During an interaction with the media in Bangalore, Kohli said, “We are optimistic about the season. It’s a very, very balanced side. In the 10 years that I’ve been here, I don’t think we’ve ever had such a balance.”

The dashing RCB captain is happy with the look of the squad. “This year we are not relying only on batting, we’ve got bowling options too. Something we know is that if we execute our plans well enough, we have cricketers who are experienced and know how to get the job done in the middle,” said Kohli on the sidelines of the team’s practice session at Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Kohli himself is coming back after a break from international cricket. The Indian captain preferred to give his body a rest, instead of playing the Tri Series in Colombo. Talking about the break, Kohli said, “I required it. Physically I was up with a few niggles. I pretty much went to the tour of South Africa with full intensity. Towards the end, the body obviously took a bit of beating. I understood that I needed complete time off from the game. Three weeks without even looking at my kit bag or bats was a weird feeling. At the back of your mind, you are never out of the game.”

On being asked whether he is 100 percent fit or not, Kohli said, “Physically I wanted to take a complete break. I’m feeling strong and I’ve been training non-stop for the last 12 days. I feel I’m getting close to my peak condition. I’m definitely at 100 percent now, 110 is what I prefer and that 10 will take a little more time.”

Kohli disclosed that he had a part in bringing Gary Kirsten on board.

“This discussion came up sometime before the auction happened,” said Kohli of the process to rope in Kirsten. “I thought it’s a great opportunity for the younger guys to spend time with Gary because I benefitted massively from his inputs in the early stages of my career and that certainly made me a better cricketer in those tough times.”

Elaborating on his relationship with the former South African batsman, Kohli said: “I had a great working relationship with Gary. In terms of the batting group operating, I think he’s the ideal man to supervise things. He can keep the batting group together which I saw him do at the international level with the Indian cricket team.”

 

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