IPL 2020: RCB's AB de Villiers, Steyn and Morris arrive in Dubai
South African trio join up with rest of team for the IPL extravaganza in the UAE.
Royal Challengers Bangalore's star batsman AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn and Chris Morris have joined up with the rest of the team in Dubai on Saturday.
The Virat Kohli-led RCB team, who are seeking to win their first-ever Indian Premier League title had arrived earlier on Friday.
Confirming the arrival of the South African trio the Bangalore franchisee posted a video of the team's arrival on Saturday.
And here it is RCB fans, the moment you've all been waiting for! ??@ABdeVilliers17, @DaleSteyn62 and @Tipo_Morris have joined the team in Dubai! ??#PlayBold #TravelDay #IPL2020 pic.twitter.com/l0n09ZV5Jb- Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) August 22, 2020
"The Proteas Arrive And here it is RCB fans, the moment you've all been waiting for! @abdevilliers17, @dalesteyn and @tipo_morris have joined the team in Dubai! #PlayBold #TravelDay #IPL2020 #BoldDiaries."
After arriving, de Villiers said: "I am very excited, very happy to be here. Travelling was bit different to normal but we have made it here with my South African friends and we are very happy to be back in the RCB family. I am looking forward to my Covid-19 test."
"It's been quite a while that we have played the game that we love. So yeah very challenging but we are very excited to get going, a little bit nervous too to be honest," said Morris.
"It's going to be interesting to play in the heat. We got here like 3 in the morning and it was steaming outside. Looking forward to what's it going to be like in a few weeks," said Steyn.
Star South African batsman AB de Villiers has been part of the RCB team in 2011 while Dale Steyn, who began his IPL journey with RCB in 2008, was brought back in the 2020 auction. While all rounder Morris, one of the most expensive players in the last auction, moves on from Delhi Capitals to RCB.
From cloudy cold Bengaluru to sunny and humid Dubai! ???? ?? ????- Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) August 22, 2020
Except our Australian and England players who will join the team later, we have all arrived in the UAE. #PlayBold #TravelDays #IPL2020 pic.twitter.com/jW3YlT2IwZ
The RCB team are scheduled to start a three-week camp under the watchful eyes of Mike Hesson, Director of Cricket and Simon Katich, Head Coach, from August 29.
The franchise had on Thursday confirmed that they are taking a contingent of 40 people with them to the UAE. Among these 40, 21 are players, 14 are part of the staff including coaches and physiotherapists. The remaining five are net bowlers.
Prior to their arrival in the UAE, the RCB players trained together virtually. The RCB players will be undergoing undergo three Covid-19 testings during their six-day isolation period before entering a bio bubble.
So far, defending champions, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Chennai Super Kings have touched down for the 13th edition of the IPL, which will be played in the UAE across the three venues in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah from September 19 to November 10.
A total of 63 matches will be played during the 53 days.
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