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Ravi Shastri wants team India to train at Dharamsala ahead of South Africa tour

The conditions at Dharamsala were somewhat similar to what would be in store for the Indian team when they tour South Africa.

Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri strikes a pose at the HPCA stadium Dharamshala. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Team India head coach Ravi Shastri wants to leave no stone unturned when it comes to the upcoming tour of South Africa. Over the last couple of years, team India has been in a rampaging form. Despite their stellar run of form, there have been critics claiming that the actual test would beckon when the team tours overseas.

And the first of the many overseas tours scheduled for the upcoming season is the tour of South Africa. Needless to concede that the tour holds great importance for the Indian team. Things seemed to be on the right track when it came to the preparations for the tour. However, all of it came to a standstill when Sri Lanka thumped India by 7 wickets in the recently concluded ODI fixture at Dharamsala.

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At one stage in the game, team India reeled on 29/7. Had there not been a certain MS Dhoni in the side, India stared at their lowest ODI total ever. It was the seaming delivery that caused concerns for the Indian batsmen. The conditions were somewhat similar to what would be in store for the Indian team when they tour South Africa.

Train at Dharamsala for at least a week

Amidst this backdrop, the head coach, Ravi Shastri, has expressed his desire to see the South Africa series-bound Indian cricketers to train at Dharamsala for at least a week before they head for the tour. An official of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) confirmed this news of Ravi Shastri speaking to the officials about the same.

“Yes, coach Shastri and the team management are keen to have a short camp or at least organise a few training sessions for the Test players before leaving for South Africa. “They were encouraged with the conditions here because nowhere in India will they get pitches like these which are pretty close to what they will face in South Africa. We are ready and will be happy to host the players once we get instructions from the BCCI,” an HPCA official told mid-day.

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