ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Indian team hits nets in Southampton Rose Bowl

Omkar Paranjape
Friday, 31 May 2019

The Indian cricket team was in action as the players hit the first practice session upon arrival at the Rose Bowl stadium in Southampton, where it will take on South Africa in on June 5. 

London: The Indian cricket team was in action as the players hit the first practice session upon arrival at the Rose Bowl stadium in Southampton, where it will take on South Africa in on June 5. 

The Men in Blue were spotted sweating it out in the nets at the iconic southern port on Thursday, with skipper Virat Kohli hitting some fine shots in the nets. The nets session was followed by a BIB catching drills which involved all the players running around the ground trying to catch as many BIBs as possible.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal explained what their first warm-up was all about on Thursday.

“We played footie first to warm up. You can see the chairs set as a sort of a net. And the team I was part of won in that,” Chahal said.

Virat Kohli hasn’t been in the finest of forms with the bat in the past couple of months, with the Indian Premier League Season 12 with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ending on a disappointing note. Many questions were raised over Kohli’s leadership and the impact of his poor show in the IPL on World Cup was also pondered on.

Kohli’s form would be crucial to India’s hopes of winning the World Cup for the third time. With the experienced Dhoni by his side and a team well balanced in all departments, this might be the perfect opportunity for Virat to bag his first ICC Trophy as captain and register his name among the great leaders of the game.

The Indian team reached England last Wednesday and they wasted no time in getting down to the business and iron out flaws that may be exposed in the tricky English conditions.

Skipper Virat Kohli bowls in nets

  • Virat Kohli rolled his arms at India’s practice session at Southampton on Thursday and Twitterati termed him as India’s ‘6th bowling option.’
  • Fours days from now, the Men in Blue will be up against South Africa at the Ageas Bowl in their World Cup opener.
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