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Virat Kohli opts out of India training session for second straight day after battling cramps in World Cup semifinal

PTI | , Ahmedabad
Nov 18, 2023 11:13 PM IST

En route his 50th ODI hundred, Kohli had battled cramps but later fielded for the better part of the semi-final against New Zealand.

Having suffered from cramps in extreme Mumbai heat in the semi-final, Indian team’s premier batter Virat Kohli skipped the optional net session for the second day in a row in order to remain fresh for the World Cup final against Australia here on Sunday. En route his 50th ODI hundred, Kohli had battled cramps but later fielded for the better part of the semi-final against New Zealand.

New Zealand's Mitchell Santner checks on India's Virat Kohli after he sustained an injury (REUTERS)
New Zealand's Mitchell Santner checks on India's Virat Kohli after he sustained an injury (REUTERS)

With the Indian team having a hectic travel schedule, the support staff has nicely managed the workload of the players and hence Kohli, along with all the first eleven pacers, were given rest on the day. None of the three pacers or Kohli took part in the two pre-final sessions at Motera.

Skipper Rohit, for the second day in a row, had a long and hard look at the strip and felt that there was a slight difference from the track on which they played against Pakistan on October 14.

“That wicket (Pakistan game), there was no grass on it. This wicket has some grass on it. That wicket looked a lot more drier than this one - I don't know, maybe you know, I still haven't looked today how the wicket is but from my understanding obviously it's slightly going to be on the slower side.,” the skipper said.

“It's not going to change too much, but it's always nice to see the pitch on the day of the game and then assess what you want to do,” he added.

While, in theory, there is an option of playing Ravichandran Ashwin but it looks highly unlikely they will tinker with winning combination.

“That is something we've maintained for a long period of time and something that we've done before as well. So, it's not something new for us to come and assess the pitch on the day of the game and the players are aware of it as well.”

However, the skipper isn’t sure how big a factor dew will be since the tempertures have dropped this time round.

“In terms of the conditions changing, yes, the temperature has dropped a little bit. I don't know how much of a dew factor there will be because against Pakistan in that game, when we trained before the game, there was a lot of dew but there was no dew during the game.

“And even a few days back at Wankhede, we were training, there was a lot of dew on the game day there wasn't much, so that's why I keep saying the toss is not going to be a factor,” he said.

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