Leeds: Going into the World Cup, the Indian team management was keen to travel to different cities in England by train as it not only saves time, but is also less tiring on the players. While their plea didn't cut ice with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Indian players have been travelling on bus, they have turned it into a classroom for the players. Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments said that the team management felt that it was apt to use the time travelling from one city to another by discussing strategies with players.
"You can call it the class on wheels actually. While there is the share of fun and jokes and chilling, the support staff sometimes also has used this time to discuss strategies with the players and also address certain areas which they feel a player is struggling with. Nothing majorly serious, this is more about pep talks and discussions to clear the mind," the source explained. Coming back to the travel plan, the source said that it was strange how the ICC decided to stick to travel by bus when even the English Premier League sides take the train.
"Intercity travel is still being done in buses whereas football teams in the EPL have moved onto trains for travel as it saves time," the source pointed. Interestingly, the Indian team once again travelled from Birmingham to Leeds on Wednesday and while a bus journey took close to five hours, the same could have been completed by train in less than two hours.
The cumbersome travel style not withstanding, India have been on a roll in this edition of the tournament and have lost only one game so far, against England at Edgbaston on Sunday. But more than the one loss, it is the conviction with which the players have expressed themselves in the middle that has impressed all.
There are wins and then there are convincing victories and this team has registered thumping wins and shown that it is for a reason that they are the number one ranked ODI side at present.
While they have a couple of days to go before they play their last group game against Sri Lanka on Saturday, the Men in Blue qualified for the semis after beating Bangladesh in their previous group game at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
Kohli makes guest appearance on Chahal TV
Leeds: Virat Kohli was in a good mood when he made an impromptu appearance in Yuzvendra Chahal's fun-filled gig "Chahal TV" ahead of India's final group stage engagement with Sri Lanka on Saturday.
Kohli was seen engaging in a light banter with Chahal who was interacting with opener K.L. Rahul in the video shared by the BCCI on its official Twitter handle."SPECIAL: @yuzi_chahal & @klrahul11 recap Edgbaston win as captain @imVkohli makes a special appearance on our latest episode of Chahal TV," read the tweet. Kohli was in his element as he made funny gestures looking at the camera. On Tuesday, India cruised into the semi-finals after beating Bangladesh by 28 runs in Birmingham.
Rahul scored 77 in that game as India posted 314/9 batting first. In reply, Bangladesh gave a good account of themselves but were eventually bowled out for 286. India, placed second with 13 points from eight games, will now look to end their league assignment on a high with a win over Sri Lanka and hope to finish top of the pile if table-toppers Australia lose to South Africa.
- Baidurjo Bhose