IPL 2022: Hopefully, we’ll get more and more of them as tournament goes on, says Virat Kohli on RCB fans

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IPL 2022: Hopefully, we'll get more and more of them as tournament goes on, says Virat Kohli on RCB fans
IPL 2022: Hopefully, we'll get more and more of them as tournament goes on, says Virat Kohli on RCB fans

IPL 2022: Hopefully, we’ll get more and more of them as tournament goes on, says Virat Kohli on RCB fans

IPL 2022: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batter Virat Kohli showed gratitude to his fans before their first encounter of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

On Sunday, RCB will play Punjab Kings (PBKS) at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai in their season opener.

“I’m very excited and I’m extremely grateful. I’ve understood the impact and the contribution of people coming to the stadiums, in my career. Because, as much as you feel sometimes ‘man! We’re getting booed, we’re getting a little bit of stick from the crowd’ and ‘century maarna hai.’ And you sometimes get annoyed as a player, honestly,” said Kohli in a video posted on RCB’s YouTube channel.

“This is a very honest feeling of mine, we had a conversation about this, me and Anushka, she was like ‘you must realize the importance and you must acknowledge the fact that the crowd has played such a huge role in your career.’ Because, now when I look back at it, I fed off 40,000 – 50,000 people’s shouting. It drove me to a different level, where I felt like anything is possible, I could do anything. I have the energy of so many people behind me. They believe in me; they’re looking forward to something from me. So, I’m very grateful to them, firstly. And secondly, I’m very happy (that) they’re back in the stands. Hopefully, we’ll get more and more of them as the tournament goes on,” he added.

IPL 2022: Hopefully, we'll get more and more of them as tournament goes on, says Virat Kohli on RCB fans
Hopefully, we’ll get more and more of them as tournament goes on, says Virat Kohli on RCB fans

After a brief delay due to the epidemic, spectators will return to the stadium for the 15th edition of the IPL. As per BCCI’s Covid rules, the matches would be played across venues in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, and Pune, with a minimum of 25% of people in attendance.

“In the test match as well, I understood the power of our (RCB) fanbase. Throughout the two and a half days, I think for two days I only heard ‘RCB-RCB’ in the stadium and it was so loud. It was as loud as the 2016 season or the final. It was amazing. Also it gave me goosebumps. It made me a little emotional of all the memories that we have had,” said Kohli.

“I was thinking about all the amazing moments and games that we’ve had. They were shouting AB (de Villiers’) name and they were shouting my name and RCB and whatnot. It was just unbelievable. I feel so grateful to have been a part of a franchise for so long. That’s what you play for, eventually. Yes, we all love playing for titles and all that. But you know, these moments of pure love and connection with the fans,” he added.

RCB will be captained by South African batsman Faf du Plessis, who will take over as captain after Kohli gave up at the end of the IPL in 2021.