The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League will kick start from September 19 in the UAE and the final will take place on November 10. All the teams have already reached UAE.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will start their training from today. RCB has reached in the IPL finals three times but never won. This time they will gear up for their first title.
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Ahead of IPL 2020, RCB’s head coach Simon Katich said that Devdutt Padikkal will be the opening partner of Aaron Finch in the upcoming season. Devdutt Padikkal was the highest score in both Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy and Vijay Hazare 50-over tournament and was Karnataka’s top run-scorer in Ranji Trophy.
“We’ve been watching Padikkal a lot. Mike (Hesson) saw him closely at the KPL (Karnataka Premier League) before we made decisions on retention. He dominated in the 50-overs format (Vijay Hazare Trophy), did very well in the Syed Mushtaq Ali, and then followed that up in the Ranji Trophy,” Simon Katich told the reporters on Wednesday.
With his statement, Simon Katich made it pretty clear that Finch and Padikkal are likely to open the innings for the team.
“The fact that he’s a left-hander helps as well — we do like to have right-left combinations. He’s done everything he can to put his hand up to make his IPL debut this year. It’s now up to him to push his case forward. He’s got a bright future. We’re excited by what he can potentially do,” he added.
In case won’t part of the RCB’s playing XI then AB De Villiers will do wicket-Keeping for them.