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Filed on August 22, 2020
SAFETY FIRST: Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan prepares to undergo a Covid-19 test in Mumbai. - Delhi Capitals Twitter

The two teams are set to arrive in the UAE on Sunday

Two more to go for the full set. Six IPL teams are already in our midst but not in plain sight unfortunately, as they are undergoing quarantine and are isolated from the rest of us.

The Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab, the Kolkata Knight Riders, defending champions the Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Chennai Super Kings, in that order, arrived in the UAE over the weekend.

And these teams have cozily settled into their hotels and resorts in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which will be their home for the next few months.

Two more will complete the full deck of cards with 2016 winners Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Delhi Capitals set to arrive in the country on Sunday.

The two teams have assembled in a Mumbai hotel where they are in quarantine and they underwent Covid-19 tests prior to their departure.

And Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer was looking forward to the trip and said that nothing can replicate being out on the field. "Looking forward to playing some cricket," said Iyer.

"It has been a long wait so, we are really hoping that we have a good time together. I haven't played cricket for almost five months but I've been getting a little bit of indoor practice. But you know, at the end of the day, when you play on the ground, that's a different feeling so just waiting for that," added Iyer, who has featured in 18 ODIs and 22 T20Is for India.

The Delhi Capitals will be staying at the Palace Downtown in Dubai.

Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Manish Pandey is delighted that the IPL is finally seeing the light of day after a long delay and hoped that the 'Orange Army' can go on and win it a second time.

"This feels like a dream actually," said Pandey. "You know, the past four-five months have been really tough. But the good thing is that we all have been training and we all have been practicing. One good thing was that in Bangalore, where I live, the facilities for training and the facilities for gym were very good, so I kept at it because we knew, eventually, even if it was by the end of the year, the IPL is going to start and we all have to be ready for that. It will be really amazing to regroup with all the boys, with the SRH family. I'm looking to have a lot of fun, coming to Dubai. Let's hope to have a very good tournament and we're going to look to win it," added the 30-year-old, who has represented India in 26 ODIs and 38 T20Is. 

Pandey's Karnataka mate and Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul is looking forward to the tournament.

"We have obviously been excited to spend some time at home. And we have been looking forward to playing the IPL 2020. We are excited and you can see everyone is excited to go to the UAE and we are looking forward to it," said Rahul.

james@khaleejtimes.com

 


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