Skipper Virat Kohli will be hoping to do some great performance against he upcoming Test match series against Sri Lanka. Kohli was seeing playing lot of bouncers bowled at him during India’s first practice session ahead of the three-match Test rubber against Sri Lanka.
Sans Saurashtra players Ravindra Jadeja and Cheteshwar Pujara who played their round five Ranji Trophy match against Gujarat, the entire Indian team sweated it out for nearly two and a half hours in the afternoon. The batsmen also played a lot of reverse sweeps at the nets, with Ajinkya Rahane spending the most time with the bat.
“It’s how you react to a particular ball. It’s not that we have planned differently for a particular bowler. There’s no compulsory shot like that,” wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha told reporters on the sidelines of India’s first practice session at the Eden Gardens.
Besides Kohli who was given throwdowns with a yellowish ball by batting coach Sanjay Bangar, other batsmen also played a lot of bouncers. Saha said the focus is not on South Africa and they want to win this series first. Pujara had said a few days back that this would present a good opportunity for the No. 1 side to prepare for the Proteas challenge.
India will play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20 internationals against the Proteas. The first Test is on January 5 in Cape Town. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka coach Nic Pothas, captain Dinesh Chandimal and the other team management staff inspected the Eden Gardens wicket.