Southampton: It was on March 28, this year Team India (TI) had assembled as a team to play third ODI, at the Maharashrtra Cricket Association ground in Gahunje, Pune, against the visiting England team. And now on June 10 they assemble again for the first for the group training ahead of the much-awaited World Test Championship at Ageas Bowl in Southampton from June 18.
This five-day first group practice session at a ground is being allowed staggered training in the run-up to the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand.
It was the first time the players mixed with their teammates on the ground after being allowed to run in the gymnasium and the main playing field at different time slots on completion of the third day of their hard quarantine in the UK.
“We have had our first group training session and the intensity was high Fire. #TeamIndia’s preparations are on in full swing for the #WTC21 Final,” the BCCI wrote in a twitter post along with a short video of the training session.
The players had a full net session, where the likes of skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant batted for a considerable amount of time and faced throw-downs as well.
The bowlers too had an intense session with all the main players, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Ravichandran Ashwin, participating in the practice session.
The nets were followed by a fielding session under fielding coach R. Sridhar, which mostly focussed on catching in the slip cordon.