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Injury scare as India kick off season's first training session

Tuesday, July 17, 2021
Amol Karhadkar

Chennai: The broadcaster of India’s series in Sri Lanka, which starts next week, has been promoting the Men in Blue’s return to international cricket as “One team, one jersey”. While the jersey is set to be unveiled on Wednesday, the players gave a glimpse of the new practice jersey during their first training session at the Chidambaram Stadium.

The players looked high on energy, like toddlers in school on the first day after holidays.

The first of the two practice sessions before the team's departure to Sri Lanka lasted well over three hours before fading light forced the players into the dressing room.

A break as long as three-and-a-half months from international cricket and almost two months from all forms of cricket is almost unheard of in Indian cricket. As a result, many expected the team to have at least a four-day camp before a gruelling season, which will see them play 10 Tests, 13 ODIs, two T20 Internationals, besides participating in the World Twenty20 over the next seven months.

But the mood appeared upbeat what with all the top players available for selection. "When everyone is available, you can put your best team on the park. And when you have everyone available, you can start the season on a good note and carry that (momentum) forward," opening batsman Gautam Gambhir said on Monday.

“It is very important because you don't want to start a season on a bad note. You want to start on a positive note and hopefully we can do it in Sri Lanka. But as I have said, you can't take Sri Lanka lightly, they are a formidable side.”

Rahul hit but fine

Leg-break bowler Rahul Sharma survived an injury scare during training. A shot from Virat Kohli struck Rahul on the forehead, halting practice for a while. Fortunately, the injury wasn't serious and Rahul joined his teammates after a short break, despite swelling on the forehead. Media manager Ravi Jain confirmed that Rahul was “alright”.

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