Indian skipper Virat Kohli said it was a pity not to have the last Test against England in Manchester, which could not determine the end of the Test series.
The fifth Test was postponed hours before the throw-in after the COVID-19 scare disrupted the Indian camp. On the eve of the final test, India suffered a major blow after their second physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar contracted the terrible COVID-19 virus, after which all the players had to undergo immediate RT-PCR tests, which was negative.
Still, Indian players were skeptical about playing the fifth Test in such an environment, which is why they jointly wrote a letter to the Indian board to convey their decision.
Unfortunately we had to end up here early: Virat Kohli
Eventually, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) mutually agreed with their counterpart England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to end the match. Virat Kohli said he hopes to maintain a strong and safe environment for IPL.
‘Sorry we had to end up here early (UAE), but with COVID in place, things are very uncertain. Anything can happen at any time. Hopefully we can maintain a good, strong and safe environment and have a good IPL. It’s going to be an exciting phase and a very important phase for us at RCB and beyond for the Indian team during the T20 World Cup, “said Virat Kohli on RCB Bold Diaries.
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‘The substitutes have excellent skills, especially in these circumstances. Excited to see them with the whole group and to resume a very good season that we last started, ”said captain Kohli.#PlayBold # IPL2021 pic.twitter.com/VvqKN3qhLo
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Our key players from RCB will be missed: Virat Kohli
Kohli, who is also the captain of RCB, arrived in the UAE on Sunday with teammate Mohammed Siraj via a chartered flight from Manchester to Dubai to take part in the second leg of IPL 2021. The duo will be quarantined for six days before joining RCB for training.
RCB have signed many new players, such as Sri Lankan pair Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera, along with Singapore international Tim David after Australian players Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Daniel Sams withdrew from the tournament for personal reasons.
Kohli said the team will miss their key players, but the new notes will be a great pleasure for the team in the UAE conditions.
“I was in touch with everyone. We’ve had conversations over the last month or so, a little longer than that about the substitutes, who’s coming and who’s not. “Eventually we finally replaced our key players with some top quality cricketers,” said Kohli.
‘Our key players will be missed, and they are part of the family, but also the people who come in have excellent skills, especially for these conditions. So, I am very excited to see them, with the whole group at practice and definitely very excited to resume a very good season that started last time, ‘he added.
RCB play their first match against Kolkata Knight Riders on September 19 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.