Hasaranga and Chameera were signed by the RCB after the Australian pair of Adam Zampa and Daniel Sams made themselves unavailable for the second half of the IPL 2021.
Ahead of today’s clash against the Kolkata Knight Riders, Kohli asserted that Hasaranga and Chameera’s selection will boost the RCB in the UAE.
The Skipper said: “Zampa and Richardson were with us in the first leg but they decided to not play in the second essay for absolutely understandable reasons.”
“The replacements we have got are Hasaranga and Chameera.”
“They have played so much of cricket for Sri Lanka and they understand how to play on pitches like these and their skill sets will be of huge help for us, playing in Dubai and how the wicket will play out they know everything. We feel stronger as the new additions have given us few other dimensions,” Kohli added.
RCB had a good run in the first half of the IPL 2021, winning five of their seven matches. Both the batting and bowling prospered.
However, according to experts, the break in momentum may hamper RCB in the second half. Kohli, though, did not agree with that view.
“We had a great start to the first half of the IPL 2021. We know that we can play a certain brand of cricket as we have shown in the first leg with consistent performances.”
“Whether you have seven wins in the row, you have to start the eighth game with the same passion. And if you have no wins in five games which we have experienced as a team, you still have to find motivation. You just cannot afford to take things for granted.”
In their last match before the tournament was halted in India, RCB went down to Punjab Kings by 34 runs, faltering in a chase of 180. (Agencies)