Members of Team India, who have been allowed a three-week holiday before the five-match Test series against England, have been sharing images and videos of their free time in the United Kingdom.
In the World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton a few days ago, Team India was defeated by New Zealand by eight wickets. The Test series versus England will kick off on August 4 in Nottingham with the first test.
On Monday, a number of Team India players updated their social media accounts with information about how they spend their free time.
The cricketers have been taking advantage of the opportunity to spend quality time with their loved ones because their families have been allowed to accompany them on the tour.
Virat Kohli, the captain of Team India, posted a photo with his wife Anushka Sharma while eating breakfast. The latter also used the same image with the following caption:
“When you sneak in a quick breakfast and feel mighty victorious.”
Ishant Sharma, the pacer, and Mayank Agarwal, the opener, both uploaded photos of themselves with their better halves in front of Stonehenge, the famed prehistoric monument. Ishant captioned the photos, saying:
“At the masterpiece of engineering with the folks! #stonehenge #england.”
Ravichandran Ashwin, a veteran off-spinner for Team India, shared a video taken by his wife Prithi Narayanan in which he is seen taking a relaxing walk near the seaside. Ashwin captioned the video, saying:
“When ocean meets the sky with the life of Ram.”
Ajinkya Rahane, Team India’s vice-captain, shared a sweet photo with his wife and kid, as well as opener Rohit Sharma’s family. Rahane captioned the photo, saying:
“Baby’s having their day out after quite some time indoors!”
Team India to play two intra-squad games in Durham ahead of England Tests
Team India will reconvene in the bio-bubble following the extended break to begin preparations for the England Test series. The squad will hold a camp in Durham beginning July 15 and compete in two four-day intra-squad matches, according to sources.
Due to the COVID-19 protocols in place, Team India is unlikely to get any practice games against any other country.
India’s captain, Virat Kohli, stated after the team’s failure in the WTC final that a lack of practice matches hampered the team’s chances. In Southampton, Team India’s batting appeared rusty, as they only mustered 217 and 170 in their two innings.