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With the 20-20 World Cup just four days away, team India is training hard to get themselves ‘game ready’ for the mega event. Rohit Sharma & Co have arrived in Australia well in advance to get used to the conditions before they get into the main competition. The ‘Men-in-Blue’ have already won their first practice game against the Western Australia (WA) XI and will play another on Thursday.
Star batter Virat Kohli also shared a glimpse of his training session with his fans on Instagram. The former captain can be seen training intensely at the gym, getting himself prepared for the big tournament. He also gave credit to his teammate Suryakumar Yadav who filmed Kohli’s workout.
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Meanwhile, fast bowlers, namely Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur will reportedly join the Indian contingent in Australia soon even as Deepak Chahar has been ruled out of the upcoming 20-20 World Cup due to a back injury.
Chahar, who was among the stand-by players, was expected to make the main squad in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah but it is understood that his back injury will take time to heal.
“Deepak will take some time to get fit. His back issue has flared up again. His ankle is fine and there wasn’t any problem there. So Indian Cricket Board is sending three reinforcements. Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur,” an Indian Cricket Board official was quoted as saying by PTI.
Chahar had competed in the T20 series against South Africa but developed a back issue and was forced to skip the ODI series. He reported to National Cricket Academy (NCA) for rehabilitation. It is understood that since the team has time till October 15 to announce Jasprit Bumrah’s replacement, the team management has time to check out the form and fitness of all three pacers.
India will play two practice games ahead of the tournament, one against Australia on 17th October and the second against November 19th October. The ‘Men in blue’ will start their world cup campaign against Pakistan on 23rd October at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.