Buoyed by their Future Cup series victory against the formidable South Africans, the Indian cricket team arrived in London from Glasgow to commence the testing tour of England that starts with a warm-up match against Sussex at Hove from July 7.
The team has been joined by senior players Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman and opener Wasim Jaffer -- all of whom arrived in London on Tuesday. Ishant Sharma and Ranadeb Bose, the pace bowlers picked for the Test series, are already with the squad.
India recorded their first ever one-day series triumph against the Proteas in the three-match series in Belfast. Their one-off tie against Pakistan in Glasgow for the Friendship Cup, however, was washed out without a ball being bowled.
Thanks to heavy rain and biting cold, the Indian experienced some extremely difficult conditions in Belfast which will come in handy during their tough tour of England.
"Our Belfast experience will help because you won't get conditions worse than that. It was absolutely freezing and the conditions were tough. I've never encountereed anything like this in my entire career. This is something we are not used to, and experiencing that just before the series against England is wonderful," remarked Sachin Tendulkar who completed his 15,000 one-day runs in the Future Cup series.