Team India forced to practice indoors in Sydney

The ODI series gets underway at the SCG on January 12.

Sydney Cricket Ground
Sydney Cricket Ground. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

After securing their first ever Test series win in Sydney, Team India is still at the same venue and players are now gearing up for the ODIs. The first game of the three-match series against Australia will be played at the SCG on January 12. The rain gods who spoiled the tourists’ chances of winning the Test series by a 3-1 margin, returned again to hamper their current preparations.

The Indian team had an optional training session where most limited-overs specialists who just travelled to Australia were supposed would attempt to get in the grooves. However, with persistent rain, they had to move the practice sessions to the indoor facility of the Sydney Cricket Ground. The full squad trained together for the first time as the Men in Blue will play their first ODI series since November where they had faced the Windies at home.

Wednesday, on the contrary, it was a bright sunny day on as the limited-overs specialists in Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, and Ambati Rayudu were grinding it out along with the batting coach Sanjay Bangar but were forced to practice indoors on Thursday.

Since no frontline fast bowlers were present for the optional training session, the quartet had their session with the help of throwdowns. While Dhawan and Rayudu trained with both left and right throwdown specialists, wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni was with the batting coach in the indoor nets.

The series starts in Sydney on Saturday and the next two ODIs will be played in Adelaide and Melbourne on January 15 and January 18 respectively.

India gearing up for a long white-ball season

The Men in Blue are scheduled to play plenty of white-ball cricket in the coming few months. With one eye on the World Cup which is slated to be played in May-July, India, after the three ODIs in Australia will travel to New Zealand to play five 50-overs games and three T20 Internationals.

Before the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, which starts on March 23, India will host Australia for a five-match ODI series and two T20Is.

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