Australia in mind, rest instead of nets for India

With a gruelling tour of Austr­alia coming up, the Indian team has been given an extended festi­ve break.

Published: 10th November 2018 07:39 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th November 2018 07:39 AM   |  A+A-

West Indies’ Fabian Allen (from left), Darren Bravo and Khary Pierre head for a net session at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Friday | D SaMPATHKUMAR

Express News Service

CHENNAI : With a gruelling tour of Austr­alia coming up, the Indian team has been given an extended festi­ve break. In a departure from pr­actice, the players won’t have any training session on the eve of the third and final T20 against West In­dies on Saturday. The te­am led by Rohit Sharma will arrive in Ch­ennai in groups from Sa­turday afternoon. The last ba­t­ch will reach late in the ev­ening.

With India wrapping up the three-match series in Lucknow, the Chennai fixture has become inconsequential and as a result the team management has given the players and support staff a longer break. This is a luxury for players used to the grind of all three formats and Express understands that with the team set to depart for Australia on Nove­mber 16, the management chose to give more rest to the players. 

Though opting for practice on the eve of the match is up to the team, this is going to be one of the very few instances where the entire team will reach the venue a day before the match. Among the ones who are set to arrive late on Saturday evening is opener Shikhar Dhawan. The rest wi­ll assemble in the city from noon.
Meanwhile, pacers Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah and spinner Kuldeep Yadav have been rested for Sunday’s game. In a statement released on Friday morning, the BCCI said, “The decision has been made to allow the trio to be in the best physical condition ahead of India’s tour to Australia.” The three, who are also part of the Te­st squad for the Border-Ga­v­a­skar Trophy, have three T20s lined up against Australia starting from November 21.

With Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed being the two available pacers from the origin­al squad, the selectors have incl­u­ded Siddarth Kaul.  Though Kuldeep has also been rested, India have enough cushi­on in the spin department with Yuzvendra Chahal, Krunal Pandya, Shahbaz Nadeem and Washington Sundar.

TNCA expects full house
Even though the third T20I between India and West Indies has been reduced to a dead rubber with the hosts having clinched the series 2-0, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has received good response. About 75 per cent of tickets were sold by Friday evening. Out of the 23,000 seats at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, C, D lower chairs priced at `1,200 and Anna Pavilion tickets costing `4,800 are sold out. About 80 per cent of tickets in the air-conditioned hospitality boxes in blocks C, D, E (`4800), H (`8000) and G (`12,000) have been bought by the public. “Only pavilion terrace tickets (`12,000 each) have not found many takers,” said TNCA treasurer VP Narasimhan.

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