Just hours after arriving in Dhaka, Kohli & Co sweat it out at the Sher-e-Bangla nets
Mirpur: The Indian cricket team got down to work soon after landing here yesterday for the short series against Bangladesh, sweating it out in a gruelling two-hour net session at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.
Indian players Umesh Yadav (left), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ajinkya Rahane during a practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. India’s one-off Test against Bangladesh starts tomorrow. Pic:AP/PTI
The side led by Kohli arrived here by a morning flight from Kolkata and they hit the nets at the Stadium in the afternoon. The Indians will take on the hosts in a one off Test starting on Wednesday followed by a three-ODI series.
“Since we arrived today and the boys wanted to practice, it was decided to train at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium as Bangladesh were training at Fatullah. Tomorrow, we will be training at Fatullah,” BCCI’s administrative manager Biswarup Dey told PTI.
Test skipper Virat Kohli (left) and Harbhajan Singh share a light moment in Mirpur yesterday. Off-spinner Harbhajan is back in India’s Test squad after two years. PIC/AFP
Since Fatullah, which is in Narayanganj district takes about an hour and half to reach from Dhaka city, where the team is staying, it was decided to hit the straps rightaway.
The team manager confirmed that all 14 members are fit and Wriddhiman Saha, who has sustained a hit on the chest during the final training session in Kolkata is absolutely fine and also trained with other members.
The Indian team will be concentrating on getting the bowling combination right. While Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, R Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh are almost certain to play, it will be upto Kohli and Team Director Ravi Shastri to decide on whether India will go with four or five bowlers.
If they go with five bowlers, the toss-up will be between speedster Varun Aaron and leg-spinner Karn Sharma.