India and England made the most of the pleasant weather in Mohali on Wednesday, enjoying a relaxed day -- the calm before the storm, the third Test. India captain Virat Kohli, who scored 167 and 81 in the second Test at Visakhapatnam to help the hosts take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, chose to spend time in the team hotel with girlfriend Anushka Sharma, who arrived in Chandigarh on Wednesday morning.
After touching down in Chandigarh on Tuesday evening, Virat Kohli visited Ludhiana for a promotional event, but avoided taking questions from reporters.
Both the Indian and England teams chose to skip practice ahead of the third Test, which begins on Saturday.
Anil Kumble, Ashwin explore Parwanoo
Coach Anil Kumble, Ravichandran Ashwin and members of the support staff, R Sridhar and Sanjay Bangar, explored the hills in Parwanoo near Panchkula and had lunch at a popular resort. Kumble posted pictures on Twitter and wrote: “Lunch with the support team.” The other members of the team preferred to relax in the team hotel.
England relax over golf
The England cricketers too had a day off as Alastair Cook, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Bell, Ben Stokes and the support staff arrived at the Chandigarh Golf Club. Also present were former cricketers Michael Vaughan and Ian Botham.
Dressed casually, the cricketers enjoyed the round and chatted with the club staff. Both teams have practice sessions on Thursday and Friday before the Test starts on Saturday.
Wedding bells for Yuvraj Singh
The city is abuzz over the wedding of Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech. The Singh family is hosting a function at the team hotel on November 29 and the teams are expected to attend with other celebrities. Yuvraj and Hazel’s friends are also staying at the team hotel.