Indian team indulges in wrestling-like drill, Jadeja put through fitness test

back icon
safari
24 Dec 2020 | 02:30 PM
authorPTI

Indian team indulges in wrestling-like drill, Jadeja put through fitness test

Set to play in the second Test against an in-form Australian team, KL Rahul had a long hit at the nets, and so did Rishabh Pant

heart

Share

The Indian cricket team on Thursday (December 24) tried a hitherto unseen training drill that vaguely resembled a wrestling bout, with a pair of two players each seemingly striving to outdo each other.

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was the first to arrive at the nets for the training session and he was put through a fitness test as he ran between the wickets with a bat on his hand, two days before the Boxing Day Test begins at the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Jadeja, who has bagged 213 wickets and scored 1869 runs in 49 Tests, had missed the final two T20Is and the first Test against the hosts due to a concussion and a hamstring injury suffered during the first T20I.

One of the tour's finds, pacer T Natarajan bowled well at the nets and often managed to beat the outside edge of both stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara.

Set to play in the second Test against an in-form Australian team, KL Rahul had a long hit at the nets, and so did Rishabh Pant.

As the players got busy at the nets after warming up, the Indian think tank, chief coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and batting coach Vikram Rathour, were seen exchanging notes from the practice session.

They also had a long chat with Rahane, who will lead the team in the remaining three Tests in the absence of Virat Kohli, who has flown back to India for the birth of his child.

Shastri was seen discussing something with Rahul after the batsman's net session and Prithvi Shaw, who is going through a lean patch, was also seen batting in the net against the likes of chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav.

Watched by head coach Justin Langer, the likes of star batsmen Steve Smith and Marnus Labuchagne also underwent an intense nets session at the MCG, with former Sri Lanka off-spinner Suraj Randiv bowling to them from the other end.

India trail the four-match rubber 0-1 after suffering an eight-wicket defeat to the hosts in the Day/Night first Test in Adelaide, where the visitors collapsed to their record lowest score 36 in their second innings.

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
India tour of Australia, 2020/21IndiaAustraliaAustralia vs India - 2nd Test - Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2020/21Kannaur Lokesh RahulRishabh Rajendra PantRavindrasinh Anirudhsinh JadejaKuldeep Yadav

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
Gill, Siraj to make Test debut; Jadeja, Pant return
India have made as many as four changes to their XI that suffered an embarrassing loss in Adelaide
userCricket.com Staff
25 Dec 2020
safari
ANALYSIS
Onus on India to turn the tide after the Adelaide debacle
India have their back against the wall but would believe they can resurrect themselves
userShubh Aggarwal
24 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
India begin preparation for second Test; Gill looks good at nets
Gill and Agarwal honed their skills at the nets, indicating that the duo could be the opening combination for the second Test
userPTI
23 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
If fit, Jadeja likely to replace Vihari in playing XI for Boxing Day Test
There is a school of thought that if pure batting skills are taken into account, then there is not much of a difference between "specialist Vihari" and "allrounder Jadeja"
userPTI
21 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
Steve Smith misses net session due to sore back
While the Australian camp played down the issue, Smith did not return for the nets
userPTI
15 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
India hit Test mode with first warm-up game, look to sort combinations
The tour games will be a chance to sort out India's combinations both in the batting and bowling departments ahead of opening Day-Night Test
userPTI
05 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
India begin training simultaneously for red and white-ball formats
Captain Kohli and Pujara, India's two specialist slip fielders, were seen taking catches with the red ball for a considerable period of time
userPTI
15 Nov 2020
safari
NEWS
Prithvi is ready to go: Ravi Shastri
Shaw had missed Thursday's training session due to a swelling on his left foot
userPTI
28 Feb 2020
safari
NEWS
Shaw skips practice with swollen foot, call to be taken on Friday
If Shaw is not comfortable while batting, he will not make it to the playing XI and Shubman Gill is expected to replace him
userPTI
27 Feb 2020
safari
NEWS
India ready to play day/night Test anywhere in Australia, asserts Kohli
Australia want to play two Tests of the four-match series under lights when India tour next summer
userPTI
13 Jan 2020
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved