India in South Africa: Virat Kohli’s men in bonding session at Centurion

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first_imgTeam India fitness coach Shankar Basu had some innovative ways to train the players ahead of the all important second Test at Centurion, starting on Saturday.Basu, who is very close to Virat Kohli, has been integral to the Indian team’s fitness drive.On Friday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) put up a video on Facebook, which showed Basu’s innovative ideas and methods in which he makes the Kohli & Co. train.WATCHTo start off, the Indian players were trying to ‘steal the bib’ which was followed by some football to warm the boys up before the practice session. These drills according to Mr. Basu, helps in gelling and team bonding — something that is there in plenty in the current Indian team according to the players.Bonding and understanding of each other will be key for Kohli’s men when they take the field at the SuperSport Park on January 13 to win the match or at least stay alive in the three-match series.On Thursday, Bryan Bloy, the head groundsman in Centurion, said that he is preparing a wicket that will hold for five days and help both the batsmen and the bowlers. However, he asked people to fully expect the pitch to have pace and bounce like a typical Centurion track.The hosts are expected to come in with a four-pronged pace attack again with either of Chris Morris or Andile Phehlukwayo joining Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander. For the visitors, a change in the playing XI could see Ajinkya Rahane come in for either of the pacers or Ravichandran Ashwin. Hardik Pandya’s all-round performance as well as the pacers shining in the last Test makes it difficult to drop them. This makes Ashwin the most likeliest candidate to get the axe.advertisementBut, will India for the first time in many years, go into a Test match without a spinner? It remains to be seen.ALSO WATCH:last_img

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