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India vs Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli & Co. train under watchful eyes in Colombo

Virat Kohli-led India toiled hard at the nets ahead of the second cricket Test match against Sri Lanka in Colombo

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Aug 02, 2017 14:31 IST
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India captain Virat Kohli, center facing camera, speaks to his team members during a training session ahead of their second test cricket match with Sri Lanka in Colombo.(AP)

Not often does one get to see the Indian cricket team training from close quarters. Even for the journalists and the like, it’s usually from the gallery or the stands that one gets to watch the team slogging it out in the middle while gearing up for a game. On Wednesday, however, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) uploaded a video on its official website where Ajinkya Rahane guides viewers through a training session before the start of the second Test against Sri Lanka. (KL Rahul back for 2nd Test)

“Hello everyone. We’re here in Colombo and it’s our first practice session at the Sinhalese Sports Club. We’ve come here just yesterday after the first Test match in Galle,” Rahane starts as cricketers could be seen entering the ground from the tunnel. “We played a bit of football after warming-up, practised a bit of fielding and then our batting coach explained us how we were to bat at the nets.”

India won the first Test by a record 304-run margin to take a 1-0 lead in the three match series. The victory was the seventh for India in Sri Lanka, who had a 7-6 advantage over the tourists before the start of the series. “We’re looking forward to this Test match. The boys are looking in great shape. (We’re) really excited about it; have great memories of the last time we came here. We’re sticking to our usual routine before a Test match. You can also find Ravi bhai (coach Ravi Shastri) and Bharat Arun watching our players,” Rahane added.

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Indian openers Shikahr Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund could also be seen facing bowlers like Ishant Sharma. Captain Virat Kohli, too, rolls over his hand for a couple of deliveries while the coaching staff could be seen standing in close quarters and guiding the players. The tour is Ravi Shastri’s first assignment as India’s head coach as well after taking over the role from Anil Kumble.

“We have pacers bowling at a net and spinners at another. In that way everyone gets a chance to bat and our coach has asked everyone to have a go at the nets today. (Usually) two days before a match, we practice for around one-and-a-half to two hours, including slip catching, normal fielding sessions etc. and then head to the dressing room,” Rahane further added.

Although India is likely to field an unchanged side for the second Test that starts tomorrow, Sri Lanka have received a major boost as captain Dinesh Chandimal is back in the side while they have recalled batsman Lahiru Thirimanne as a replacement for Asela Gunaratne, who suffered a fractured thumb during the first Test.

First Published: Aug 02, 2017 14:25 IST