The second leg of the Indian Premier League saw many players pull out of the tournament owing to coronavirus concerns. For RCB, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Daniel Sams pulled out. To make things even, RCB roped in Sri Lanka duo of Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga. Both had decent outings against India in the T20I series which helped them grab eyeballs. RCB skipper Virat Kohli feels Hasaranga and Chameera are good editions to RCB given their experience of playing in similar conditions.

“We have made changes, we’ve got a few replacements. Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa who were with us in the first leg, made a decision not to play in the second leg for reasons which are absolutely understandable.

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“The replacements we have got for those guys are two players who know these conditions, the conditions in the sub continent around this time are similar,” Kohli said at the unveiling of team’s blue jersey.

Hasaranga has been very good in T20Is, picking 29 wickets in 12 games. He is also a handy batter down the order. Chameera, on the other hand, doesn’t have many wickets to show but has a sensational strike rate of 16.4. Kohli added that Chameera and Hasaranga will give new dimensions to RCB.

“Wanidu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera have played so much cricket in Sri Lanka and know how to play in pitches like these. There skill sets will be of huge help to us. “We haven’t spoken at all on what we have missed out on because players have pulled out. We feel stronger, the new additions have given us a new dimension,” Kohli added.

RCB enjoyed a decent run in the first leg, winning five of their seven games and will be looking to continue their winning run when they resume their campaign against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on 20th September in Abu Dhabi.

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