Sri Lanka duo to provide a new dimension to RCB: Virat Kohli

Sunday, 19 September 2021 - 0:13

Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera could play a key role in Royal Challengers Bangalore's campaign when the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season resumes in the United Arab Emirates, according to captain Virat Kohli.

The two Sri Lanka players were added to the RCB squad following the unavailability of Australian duo Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa. Despite not having two star players available, Kohli is confident that the two Lanka replacements would do well in the UAE conditions.

"Wanidu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera have played so much cricket in Sri Lanka and know how to play in pitches like these. There skill sets will be of huge help to us. "The guys coming in blend into the team culture and the plan of the team very well. The core group is also motivated. We haven't focused at all on what we've missed out on but we feel stronger as the new additions have given us few other dimensions."

We feel stronger, the new additions have given us a new dimension," Kohli added.

"The replacements we have got for those guys are two players who know these conditions. The conditions in subcontinent this time of the year are pretty similar," he added.

RCB will play Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday in their first game since the IPL 2021 resumption.

The 14th edition of IPL is set to resume with Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on September 19.

RCB are currently placed third in the league table, having won five of their seven matches but the skipper said the team will start the second phase with the same passion and commitment they showed in April-May.

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