His wedding may have been a clandestine affair, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s arrival at the team hotel was certainly not secretive.
Since the hotel management was aware of the Indian skipper’s arrival timing on Saturday, they had arranged for a grand celebration for the newlywed couple.
Since the Indian team had left for their first practice session of the tour, Dhoni and his wife, Sakshi, headed to their room.
But soon, Dhoni was back to business as he joined some of his teammates for a training session in the gym. It was followed by a team meeting, attended by all the members except Harbhajan Singh, who was “feeling dizzy”.
Meanwhile, the team could not have a go at the nets, thanks to a steady drizzle. A shower greeted the players at the R. Premadasa Stadium, which looked like the Wankhede Stadium since it is being renovated for next year’s World Cup.
After waiting for a good hour for the rain to subside, the players boarded the bus and headed to the hotel. If the rain persists in the coming days, the team will have to make do with training at one of the indoor facilities in the Lankan capital.
If the rain gods intervene during India’s warm-up game in Colombo, their preparations for the first Test, in Galle from July 18, will be seriously affected.