After being postponed for more than five months, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 edition is set to take off from September 19 in the UAE. The tournament will take place within bio-secure protocols laid down by the BCCI and IPL governing body.
On this regard, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli has said that the players must respect the bio-secure protocols and should feel privileged to play under such circumstances.
"We are all here to play cricket. The bio-bubble needs to be respected at all times for the tournament to happen eventually," Kohli said on RCB's Youtube show 'Bold Diaries'.
The Indian skipper added, "Accept the phase that we are going through and understand the privilege that we have, just to be a part of the IPL. Everyone should accept that and not behave in a manner which situation doesn't require them to."
Kohli also talked about his first net sessions for RCB. He said that he felt nervous heading to the nets and added that nobody thought a couple of months ago that IPL would take place.
"A couple of months back you couldn't imagine that you will have IPL firstly. When we had our practice session yesterday, I realised how long it has been. When I was heading to the practice session, I felt nervous. I felt a bit jittery but things were okay. I didn't miss the game as much as I thought I might...just carrying on with life was also important," added the RCB skipper.