Skipper Virat Kohli is back with Royal Challengers Bangalore as he looks to resume his 2021 Indian Premier League duties in the United Arab Emirates. He has arrived at the RCB camp pretty early due to the fifth Test against England in Manchester being called off because of COVID fears in the Indian camp.

Despite being happy to have joined the RCB camp, he has described his early joining as unfortunate. Nevertheless, he has vowed to maintain a robust bio-secure environment, considering the continuing uncertain times in this pandemic era.

"Unfortunate that we had to end up here early, but with COVID in place, things are very uncertain. Anything can happen at any time. Hopefully, we're able to maintain a good, strong, and secure environment and have a quality IPL. It's going to be an exciting phase and a very important one for us at RCB and then for the Indian team at the T20 World Cup," he was seen saying in a video on RCB's social media platforms.

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RCB plays its first game of the UAE leg on Monday against former champion Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi. The side has roped in some replacement players, including Tim David from Singapore, as Kohli expected them to fit in well within the team.

"I've been in touch with everyone. We've had discussions over the last month or so, a little longer than that, with the replacements, who's coming and who's not. Eventually, we ended up replacing our key players with some top-quality cricketers," he continued.

"Our key players will be missed, and they are a part of the family, but the people coming in as well have great skill sets, especially for these conditions. So, I'm very excited to see them, with the whole group at practice and certainly very excited to resume a very good season that started last time around," he concluded.

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