The second leg of IPL is only a few days away and the excitement around it can already be seen among the fans. Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, and Delhi Capitals have already landed in the UAE and have started training while Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore will soon join them.
Chennai Super Kings, one of the most successful teams of the IPL with a huge fan following, were the first team to reach UAE. The MS Dhoni-led side is enjoying a good time ahead of the resumption. Videos of players training in the gym and clips from practice sessions are already doing rounds on social media. In one such video, the CSK squad is seen enjoying a game of volleyball. With a day off from training, the Yellow Army assembled on the beach and played volleyball. Their captain MS Dhoni, who always enjoys his time on the ground, looked in good form while he tried some smashes.
Watch the video here:
Teams looking to make their squads stronger
After the first phase of IPL was suspended mid-way, it came as a disappointment for the fans as well as for the franchises. However, now it seems that the break was a blessing in disguise for some teams. During this three months time, players from franchises participated in different tournaments which has allowed the teams to build a squad that is more match ready. Also, teams got an opportunity to sign replacements for players who won't be available.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have signed Tim David, George Garton, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Dushmanta Chameera, all of them in good form. Meanwhile, Punjab Kings have roped in Adil Rashid who enjoyed a good outing at The Hundred. Rajasthan Royals have signed world number 1 Tabraiz Shamsi and in-form Glenn Phillips. Liam Livingstone, who did not get a game in the first phase for RR now has almost cemented his place in the playing XI after his performances at The Hundred.
Few places are still up for grabs and the franchises will be keeping a close eye on the CPL 2021 as well to find the perfect fits. The teams will come changed, the venue has changed, but one thing that remains unchanged is the fun and thrill. We can expect the second leg to be even more exciting.