The thirteenth version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was performed with out crowds as a result of coronavirus pandemic however the cash-rich managed to interrupt viewership data as 20 crore folks tuned in to look at the match opener. Moreover, the opening week of final 12 months’s IPL noticed the league being watched by 269 million viewers — an increase of 11 million viewers per match as in comparison with 2019 — and a 15 per cent hike in promoting quantity as in comparison with the twelfth version.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli expects an analogous craze this time too for the megaevent. The 14th version of the IPL will get underway from Friday as RCB start their marketing campaign in opposition to defending champions Mumbai Indians on the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Since every crew is enjoying on a impartial venue, Kohli feels having no residence benefit is without doubt one of the positives a facet can take previous to the beginning of the IPL.
“There is nothing like playing in M Chinnaswamy Stadium in front of your home crowd and I understand that obviously fans will miss watching us play but the good thing is that we are back in India and one more positive is there is no home advantage,” mentioned Kohli in a digital press convention on eve of the IPL 2020.
“Every team is playing in neutral venues and the strength of your squad really comes to the fort. Precisely why last IPL was so competitive, until about the last three-four games, everyone was in reckoning to qualify,” he additional mentioned.
“Which I think was great for the tournament, the viewership went through the roof which I expect to be the case this time around as well and the tournament will be very competitive this time around too,” Kohli added.
RCB had certified for the playoffs within the 2020 version and is aiming to go one step ahead and clinch their first IPL title within the upcoming match. “Doesn’t feel too long ago that we were together, because of how things have panned out last year. We resume at the normal time that IPL happens,” mentioned Kohli.
“We had a good season last time around, probably would like to go a couple of steps further which we obviously aim as a side. Very excited to be with the squad,” he added.
RCB squad: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Finn Allen (wk), AB de Villiers (wk), Pavan Deshpande, Washington Sundar, Daniel Sams, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Kane Richardson, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Daniel Christian, Suyash Prabhudessai, KS Bharat.
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