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From fitness point of view everyone is looking in great shape: RCB skipper Kohli

Back into the thick of things after five months of coronavirus-forced break, Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli is happy with the fitness level of his team members, saying “everyone is looking in great shape” ahead of the IPL beginning on September 19.

Kohli, a fitness freak, said he himself felt good from the first training session after landing in the UAE.

“From fitness point of view everyone is looking great, everyone is in good shape. It’s a matter of feeling good and I think I felt good from the first session onwards,” Kohli said in a video posted on RCB’s Twitter handle.

“Obviously, there are a few things that you try and rectify along the way and once you reach your optimum mindset and you enter competition you just want to stay in that as much as possible.”

The India captain said the team management’s focus during the two-week training period in the UAE was a balanced approach to avoid injuries to players. “We don’t want to push anyone into a niggle or an injury because we understand it’s been a while away from the game. So I think we moved ahead in a balanced manner.

“We don’t want to be a maniac like doing six sessions in six days. We gave ample time off to the boys, which we will continue to do along the course of the these next few training sessions,” Kohli said.