India v Sri Lanka: Catch a glimpse of how cricketers go about their business

Updated: Dec 17, 2017, 11:13 IST | Harit N Joshi

With just a shamiana for the Indian players to take shelter at the practice arena here adjacent to the ACA-VDCA Dr YSR Stadium, it provided a closer glimpse of how the cricketers go about their business.

With just a shamiana for the Indian players to take shelter at the practice arena here adjacent to the ACA-VDCA Dr YSR Stadium, it provided a closer glimpse of how the cricketers go about their business. It also provided an insight on how the mindset is before practice kicks off. One could overhear a conversation between MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya before they made their way towards the nets.

India's MS Dhoni (centre) and Hardik Pandya on Saturday. Pic/AFP
India's MS Dhoni (centre) and Hardik Pandya on Saturday. Pic/AFP

Dhoni and Pandya were heard cracking jokes and discussing the controversial US president Donald Trump. Pandya then spoke about Trump being hell bent on building an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, southern border wall" between the United States and Mexico. The two had a hearty laugh before getting down to business.

Car seva at the ground
There is no doubting the popularity of Indian cricketers. They are used to 'rock-star' like reception wherever they go. It was no different here on Saturday as they practised on the eve of the final ODI against Sri Lanka.With a few metres separating the stadium and its practice arena, a huge crowd gathered on the common road in between which leads to practice nets, to get a glimpse of their favourite Indian cricketers. While the security managed to take the players safely to the practice arena, the team officials decided to use a couple of cars to take the players back to the stadium to avoid any untoward incident. Cricketers, surely are a pampered lot in India.

Sundar skips training
Washington Sundar, India's debutant in the Mohali ODI, skipped the training session on Saturday since he fell ill. Sundar preferred to stay put in the hotel while the entire Indian team slugged it out for close to three hours. There was also a concern regarding Dinesh Karthik, who had an ice-pack on his left-arm after batting for more than 30 minutes in the nets.

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