The Indian cricket team is concentrating on increasing workload for the bowlers, who had a busy IPL season, ahead of the World Test Championship final against Australia, which begins on June 7 at The Oval.
The Indian cricket team is concentrating on increasing workload for the bowlers, who had a busy IPL season, ahead of the World Test Championship final against Australia, which begins on June 7 at The Oval. While Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Akshar Patel, Jaydev Unadkat, and Umesh Yadav were among the first batch of bowlers to travel to England, pace spearhead Mohammad Shami’s departure was delayed after the IPL final in Ahmedabad last Sunday was moved to the reserve day due to incessant rain. Virat Kohli, a middle-order staple, was also among the players who left in the initial group, as was the coaching staff lead by Rahul Dravid.
Kohli arrived at the camp on Monday, along with Cheteshwar Pujara, who joined the group in England while playing County Championship for Sussex.
Before the big game, the Indian squad is set to conduct a few practise sessions at the Arundel Castle Cricket Club in Sussex.
“So far, the preparation has been good. The first part was to ease them into the practise session, but the last two have been really delighted — I guess we pushed them a little too hard. In a video published by the BCCI, India’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey remarked, “Just adding a little bit of workload for the bowlers, just kind of preparing them for the Test match.”
“(We’re) pleased with the conditions; I think it’s a lovely ground; (it’s) about what you’d expect.” “The weather has been sunny, a little windy, a little chill, but that’s something we have to get used to (when playing in England),” he remarked.
T Dilip, India’s fielding coach, stated that the emphasis will be on close-in catching because the running portion of the fitness exercise was covered in the IPL.
“Because the players had just returned from the IPL, one of the most important things for us to monitor was their workload, how much they had run, and how much they had cared for.”
“What we understood and took away from that is that things like ground fielding have been covered in the IPL, so the focus here was more on the volume of catching, especially when it comes to close-in catching, slip catching, and flat catches.” “These are the catches that we tend to increase the volume (of),” he added.
Mhambrey stated that while the bowlers will receive some recuperation in the days coming up to the WTC final, the squad is motivated to get the most out of the training sessions.
“If you look at it, we have three quality sessions in which we can push them in and try to get the most out of every session we have,” he added.
Vikram Rathour, India’s batting coach, stated that the team’s attention would also be on adapting to the longest format.
“They’ve all played a lot of cricket.” “Whatever time we have, it’s about adapting to a different format, getting used to playing with the red ball, and getting a few sessions in and getting used to the format,” he added. PTI DDV AH AH