RCB Training Game
While the detailed scores and full teams were not known, Chahal’s team included AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Umesh Yadav, and left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed. Virat Kohli, the RCB captain, had the likes of Washington Sundar, Dale Steyn, Mohammed Siraj, and Parthiv Patel with him.
“We looked about matchups, wanted our bowlers to bowl to left and right-handers, and look at some possibilities in terms of partnerships through the order. We wanted each team to have left-arm spinners, off-spinners, and leg-spinners and provide matchups,” explained director of cricket of RCB, Mike Hesson.
“When we gave Yuzi the news that he was going to be captain, his face lit up. He was pumped up. We wanted him as part of our leadership group. He brings a different perspective obviously, looks after the spin bowling group of ours. We just wanted him to think a little bit more about the game.”
The match was played on a sluggish track, with AB de Villiers top scoring for Team Chahal who batted first. De Villiers made 43 (33), opening the batting with Devdutt Padikkal.
Washington Sundar got 2 for 11 in 4 overs while Shahbaz Ahmed got 3/13.
“It was a challenging surface and got out different skills. It certainly exposed some extra things we need to work on. Overall, the conditions were challenging,” said Hesson after the game.
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Adam Zampa Replaces Kane Richardson
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has replaced Australian pacer Kane Richardson with spinner Adam Zampa as they announced the signing of the leg-spinner late on Monday ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 scheduled to kick-start from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Richardson, who was sold to the Bangalore outfit for $533,333 in the IPL auction in December, is expecting his first child to be born during the lucrative T20 tournament.
Zampa will add to Bangalore’s already impressive spin department which consists of the likes of Chahal, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, and Moeen Ali.
Both Richardson and Zampa are in the UK as part of Australia’s 21-man squad for three T20I and as many ODIs against England.
IPL 2020 is scheduled to commence from September 19 with the final slated to be held on November 10 in the UAE.