Limited overs specialists of India hone their skills at the NCA
India drooped in the Test series but won the ODI series under the charismatic Dhoni in 2014.
Updated - Jun 19, 2018 6:20 pm
The Indian team has a hectic schedule ahead of them. The Men in Blue will be pitted against Ireland in a couple of T20Is later this month. Thereafter, the team will travel England to play in three T20Is in Manchester, Cardiff, and Bristol respectively, following which they will lock horns in three ODIs at Nottingham, London, and Leeds on July 12, 14 and 17.
Meanwhile, the Test specialists in the form of Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Cheteshwar Pujara and others will get a break. However, the limited-overs players won’t get much of a breather in the two series’ knocking on the door. They are presently sweating it out at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore ahead of their rigorous endeavor as per reports in Sportskeeda.
The full-fledged practice
MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey alternated while batting. Leg-break bowler Yuzvendra Chahal and Siddarth Kaul, the new entrant into the national limited-overs squad, were present along with them. Throwdown expert Raghavindra also tested out the batsmen by peppering them with short-pitched stuff. He even managed to disturb Pandey’s woodwork.
Sandeep Sharma, who represents Punjab in the domestic circuit, bowled to Pandey. MS Dhoni had enough of practice and took off his pads to watch Pandey try his heart out with the willow. He also had a discussion with Kaul and Chahal. Patrick Farhart, the Indian team’s physiotherapist, made his way on the pitch but went inside the dressing room after his brief presence.
Sharma started gingerly with a run-up using a measuring tape. He was there in the nets for a good part of half an hour but sent down only ten deliveries before moving to the NCA. India drooped in the Test series but won the ODI series under the charismatic Dhoni in 2014. The Jharkhand-born wicketkeeper-batsman won’t be the skipper this time around and the onus will now be on Virat Kohli to shepherd them.