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Virat Kohli shows no let-up in intensity as India train in Bangalore

Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team may have sealed the series against Steve Smith-led Australia cricket team, but they seem determined to not let the intensity slip as they aim to register their best winning streak in ODIs.

india vs australia 2017 Updated: Sep 26, 2017 20:50 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, Bangalore
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Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli tries an acrobatic kick while playing football during a practice session ahead of the fourth One Day International (ODI) match against Australia cricket team at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday.(AFP)

With the series against Australia wrapped up by the Indian cricket team with a wonderful win in Indore, one would have expected Virat Kohli’s side to take it a bit easy when they arrived in Bangalore for the fourth ODI.

However, this is Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team -- A team that has won nine matches on the trot. This is a team determined keep things in peak form.

The intent was on full display when the Indian team started their practice session at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium Tuesday evening. Had it not been for a drizzle, India could have trained well into the night.

Kohli defines intensity

As the players started the warm-up, Virat Kohli and six members of the Indian cricket team decided to hold a football session. Kohli was accompanied by Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and bowling coach Bharat Arun.

Kohli was aggression personified and he went one-on-one against KL Rahul. The Indian skipper looked to attack and when he missed a shot on goal, the disappointment was visible. The aggression shown by Kohli initiated in chants of ‘Come On’ and ‘Kohliii, Kohliii’ from the fans present near the long-off boundary.

Big hitting

Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya all geared up for a batting session after football. All three batsmen made it a point to deposit the ball into the second tier. One straight hit by Kohli hit the glass of the press box. Pandya, who had hit two sixes off Kuldeep Yadav, decided to attempt a third shot but he got a leading edge. The batsman looked away and admonished himself.

On the practice wickets to the left of the main square, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami had a decent bowling session. With India clinching the series, these two could play in Bangalore. Axar Patel practiced running between the wickets.

The drizzle hit M Chinnaswamy stadium around 6 PM. The ground staff brought out the covers and the players headed their way back to the dressing room. Scattered thunderstorms are forecast on matchday, but fans would be hoping that the rain stays away.

First Published: Sep 26, 2017 20:24 IST