IPL Diary: Kohli surprise and Dhoni's new bats

The Trident Hotel authorities had to create a barricade in the lobby as people barged in to catch a glimpse of Virat Kohli, who wasn’t supposed to be here at all.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni recieved his new set of Spartan bats. (File Photo)   -  AFP

Before any Indian Premier League (IPL) game, fans are spotted outside team hotels. That’s normal. But on Friday, the Trident Hotel authorities had to create a barricade in the lobby as people barged in to catch a glimpse of Virat Kohli, who wasn’t supposed to be here at all. It was not only Kohli, all the skippers came together for a pre-tournament shoot at the premises.

The India and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper — accompanied by Avinash Vaidya, Team and Cricket Operations Manager of RCB — was in a hurry to finish off his set of television interviews to catch a flight to Kolkata.

“I need a room to change,” Kohli was heard as saying, as he was wearing the RCB jersey.

He quickly changed into a cream-coloured full-sleeve tee and ran inside the elevator with his trolly. Delhi Daredevils (DD) skipper Gautam Gambhir also acknowledged a few fans for selfies.

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Dhoni’s new bats

On the other hand, Mahendra Singh Dhoni didn’t take the team bus. He was waiting for his new set of Spartan bats. The official arrived late. He was also looking for Dhoni’s room number, when a CSK team official guided him. A few minutes later, he walked out with Captain Cool amid photographers and fans.

A perfect way to earn one-minute fame, isn't it?

Lewis on charge

Towards the fag end of Mumbai Indians' (MI) training session, Evin Lewis, the West Indies opener, took on Rahul Sanghvi (Team Manager, MI) and Robin Singh (batting coach). He slammed four sixes and at least, three boundaries in a span of 12 balls thrown at him.

In the CSK camp, Raina struggled against bouncers hurled by Lungi Ngidi and Shardul Thakur.

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