The India vs Bangladesh series shifts the focus from the shortest format to the heaviest and longest format of the game – Test cricket – and with Indian captain Virat Kohli also returning to work after enjoying a vacation in Bhutan with wife Anushka Sharma. Virat Kohli has announced the return of the cricket field by posting several pictures on Twitter showing him paying off on the pitch during Team India's net session before the first Test against Bangladesh, starting in Indore on Thursday. "The training is over, it's great to be back with the boys," tweeted Cochle, along with pictures from the training session.
The training ended up being great back with the boys pic.twitter.com/Wq9J6nHMez
– Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 12, 2019
The two-Test series against Bangladesh begins on November 14. The second match of the series will be a historic affair as India will host its first Test Day and Night Test.
With that in mind, Indian footballers have turned to habits of how the pink ball behaves compared to the traditional red ball during a network of sessions before the series opener against Bangladesh.
Indians Heteswar Puljara, Ajinka Rahane, Majank Agarwal, Mohammed Jami and Ravindra Shadeja, who were not part of the just-concluded T20I series, took the opportunity to prepare for the pink ball challenge.
These players went to the National Cricket Academy (NFA) in Bengaluru and had several pink ball drills under the watchful eyes of NFA chief Rahul Dravid.
"We had two good practice sessions, actually four, but two with a pink ball – one during the day and one under the lights. It was really exciting, ”Rahane said before the first test.
Kohli, who played constant cricket before the start of the 2019 World Cup, was given a brief break and the Indian captain took full advantage of it with his wife Anushka Sharma.
The captain in India celebrated his 31st birthday on November 5 with his wife on holiday in Bhutan.
(With PTI inputs)