The Virat and company began their practice sessions for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in London on Friday. The BCCI had posted photos on their social media handles showing players such as former skipper MS Dhoni, middle-order batsman and skipper Virat Kohli getting ready for their turn in the nets.
The team sweated it out in the practice at Lord’s cricket ground before heading to their hotel rooms. Dynamic batsman Yuvraj Singh, though, was conspicuous in his absence. The Sixer king has been described by captain Kohli as one of the most crucial elements in India’s middle order and so, it was quite a surprise that he was not with the squad for their first practice session since arriving at England.
It has since emerged that the Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman was missing from the rest of the team because of illness. According to a report on the Mumbai Mirror, the Men In Blue management is expecting the southpaw to recover in a day’s time. It is hence as of now unclear whether he will be part of the Indian team that will face against New Zealand on Sunday. It is the first of the two warm-up games the Virat Kohli led-side play before the start of the tournament.
India’s first game of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 will be on June 4 versus arch-rivals Pakistan. Skipper Virat Kohli had said that while the atmosphere is always different when the two teams meet, the Indian team will be preparing for it as they would for any other game.