Shreyas Iyer details his quarantine experience with a hilarious post
The Indian cricket team left the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday to embark on a tour of Australia for a full-fledged cricket series. Team India reached Sydney yesterday and are travelling together due to Covid-19 rules placed by different countries and will now undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine on the outskirts of the city. Upon reaching Sydney, several players uploaded pictures from the airport with their families and teammates.
With the team undergoing a 14-day quarantine, players won’t have the chance to go out of the bio-secure bubble. India batsman and IPL 2020 runner-up Shreyas Iyer shared a picture from his social media account from his hotel room in Australia. And the Delhi Capitals skipper said that he has found his perfect quarantine company”.
Iyer was instrumental in Delhi Capitals’ run to the finals of the Indian Premier League 2020. He has his best season with the bat as he scored 514 runs in 17 matches. He was fourth in the Orange Cap list behind KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, and David Warner.
This is the first series Team India will play since the country was placed under lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Competition in the series will begin with a three-match ODI series that kickstarts from November 27 in Sydney. Then the first T20I will be played in Canberra on December 4 and the rest two on December 6 and 8 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The much-anticipated Test series begins n December 17 at Adelaide Oval. India will play four Tests against Australia to regain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
India captain Virat Kohli will return home after the first Test in Adelaide which will be India’s first pink-ball day-night Test in Australia due to the birth of his first child. The BCCI granted him paternity leave and in his absence, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain) in all probability will lead in the last three matches.
Rohit Sharma, who led Mumbai Indians to their fifth IPL title, was rested from the ODI and T20I sides to nurse his hamstring injury and comeback fitter in the four-match Test series.
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- It was a humiliating moment for the visitors as they were dismissed for one of the lowest scores in Test cricket history. They had also lost their captain Virat Kohli.
- Pujara scored 54 in the second innings and kept India steady. En route to the slowest half-century of his Test career, Pujara endured 11 blows to the body. Yes, 11 – thrice on the helmet, once on the left bicep, thrice on the bottom glove on his right arm, and once on the chest, and some more.
- In an interview with Sports Today, the batsman recounted the incident as "funny" saying that the back injury of the bowler was not letting him bend and hence, Ashwin was taking the blows on his body.
- Shastri's role was lauded by former Pakistan captain Inzamam-Ul-Haq, who feels the former India all-rounder's astute knowledge of the game has helped the team immensely.
- "Some of the shots he played in that innings were breathtakingly good. I remember he was building partnerships, but it became pretty clear that he had to get India to the final on his own."
- IPL 2021: Robin Uthappa was brought by the Royals ahead of the IPL 2020, but the batsman had a very indifferent season, scoring 196 runs from 12 matches.
- Archer and Stokes were rested for England's two-Test series against Sri Lanka.
- Moments into his innings, Hanuma Vihari ran a single and grimaced in pain, and it was at that moment that everyone knew he had done something to his hamstring.
- Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris is worried for Chennai Super Kings ahead of IPL 2021 after they released their list of retained and released players.
- Inzamam praised Dravid for what he's done for Indian cricket, highlighting that his biggest strength was making the players mentally tough, without which India's Test series win against Australia wouldn't have been possible.