IPL 2021: RCB’s interns, net bowlers share their experience of bowling to Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers in practice – RCB are leaving no stone unturned as they prepare for the upcoming IPL season in the UAE. The squad had already touchdown in the Gulf nation late last month, with a host of players arriving over the next few weeks including captain Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers. As the preparations continue, the team has provided insight into how the new bowlers of the team and flickers function.
IPL 2021: In the first episode of their new series What’s it like, RCB interns shared their experience of bowling in the nets and preparing the main squad for the matches ahead to Danish Sait. Shubhang Hegde, a former Indian U-19 cricketer and Karnataka all-rounder said, “The experience of being around such player like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers is an amazing feeling.” Akash Madhwal, a right-arm pacer from Uttarakhand said, “We used to always feel that we will go there and play in the IPL. It is kind of similar. We are living the dream here.”
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Milind Tandon, a former RPSG and Delhi cricketer revealed that players were called up for trials in January 2020. He said, “They called us just before the auction and from there they did not pick us up in the auction. However, the IPL was postponed and shifted to the UAE and So they wanted some net bowlers and called us again in September, Around 10-12 people showed up, off which 5-6 were selected.”
IPL 2021: Shushant Mishra, a former U-19 pacer from Jharkhand revealed his journey of becoming an RCB intern. Mishra said, “The World Cup had just finished and Covi happened. After the IPL was announced and I got a call from Malu sir and he asked me to join RCB as an intern and here I am.”
Hegde reveals that he bowls around 100 deliveries over a period of two hours for 40 days to help the batsmen prepare for the tournament. While it is tiring at times, the Karnataka all-rounder says that the interns do get their off days and they train and recover accordingly. Hegde revealed bowling in the nets is a mixture of both, showcasing your talent, and bowling where the batsmen and the coaches want you to. He revealed that he has picked up the wickets of Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli in the nets, but not of AB de Villiers and hasn’t bowled much to him either.
Tandon revealed that while they are just there as net bowlers, they feel part of the squad and hang out with everyone and are never treated differently. He added that the interns can speak to the coaches as much as they like and get to learn a lot. Gabriel Ben Kurian is part of the team as a flicker and revealed that he switched from cricket after an eye injury while playing.
Shubham Raheja, a flicker from Haryana reveals an incident when he bowled at pace in excess of 150 to Virat Kohli during the nets last season. Raheja reveals that while he was nervous, he did his best to show his skills, which irked the RCB captain. Kohli was annoyed after a ball hit him and asked him to slow down as he was out of touch. Kohli however made it up by giving him a signed jersey.