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‘No crowd, no problem!’: Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli today said his teammates have become “acceptive” of living in the IPL bio-bubble and there is no “desperation” for a change of environment as they approach the tournament, which begins on September 19.

Royal Challengers Bangalore landed in the UAE on August 21 and have been training for more than two weeks, including some intra-squad practice games. “To be honest we have become more acceptive of the situation around us. Acceptance is the biggest change I have experienced (since day 1 here),” said Kohli in a virtual media conference.

“When we spoke of the bio-bubble for the first time, we discussed about appreciating the things we have and the situation. All of us have become very relaxed in that environment,” he said. “If we were not being acceptive, then we would be sad or upset about the surroundings. But there is no desperation of any sort.”

It will be the first time that IPL matches will be held in the absence of a packed crowd but Kohli said it is the need of the hour. “All of us have thought about it (initially) and it would be a strange feeling and I won’t deny that. But the feeling has changed little bit after the training sessions and practice games,” he said.

“At the end of the day you just need to understand why you started playing the game, you started playing for the love of it. Crowds are main part of the game but that is not what you play for,” the skipper said. “I can only say one thing that our intensity levels will not drop.”