Watch: India's Intra-squad Practice Session Highlights on Day 3 At Southampton Ahead of WTC Final

BCCI shares highlights of Day 3 of intra-squad match; Shardul Thakur heads to nets straight after practice game

Net bowlers Avesh Khan and Prasidh Krishna ran in hard to impress the team management.

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Indian Cricket Team. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Team India’s preparation is on song with the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand just around the corner. Virat Kohli’s men are sweating it out in an intra-squad practice match over the last few days to get hold of the conditions. With the Indian team management having a problem of plenty to select the playing XI, the practice games could well determine the final combination.

Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been regularly sharing the highlights of the practice match. The first two days saw Ravindra Jadeja and Shubman Gill scoring half-centuries while Rishabh Pant mustered a blazing ton. Pacers Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Siraj were among the wickets, staking a claim in the final XI.

Coming to the third day, BCCI, while sharing highlights, didn’t put up the scores or stats of any player but mentioned that the players are getting into the rhythm. In the video shared, the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja can be seen playing some pleasant shots. Notably, net bowlers Avesh Khan and Prasidh Krishna also ran in hard to impress the team management.

Shardul Thakur determined to contribute to India’s success

“The third day of intra-squad match simulation was about settling down & finding that rhythm. #TeamIndia,” read the caption of the post. In the end part of the clip, players were seen wrapping up after the conclusion of the session. However, pacer Shardul Thakur went straight to the nets after the practice match. It’s evident that the pacer wants to contribute to India’s win, but only time would tell if he gets a chance in the summit clash.

The WTC final gets underway on June 18 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. India have been on a roll in red-ball cricket lately and would be determined to get the glory. However, they can’t afford to put a foot wrong against New Zealand. The Kiwis will head into the final on the back of a 1-0 Test series win over hosts England. Moreover, they have also become the top-ranked Test team. Hence, Virat Kohli’s men must put their best foot forward in the ultimate encounter.