India captain Virat Kohli during indoor practice at Wankhede Stadium ahead of 2nd Test against New Zealand
Former Indian captain and current head coach Rahul Dravid threw for Virat Kohli on the eve of the second Test against New Zealand at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The Indian team was forced to train indoors due to the rain in Mumbai, but that did not mean that there was any shortage of intensity from the Indian players. Kohli, who made a turn to the side after a short break, was seen batting in the nets. It was also seen Dravid throwing the current captain. India’s first New Zealand Test match ended in Kanpur with an exciting draw when debutant Rachin Ravindra and last man Ajaz Patel smashed 52 deliveries on the final day to save the match for their team.
The Indian cricket team posted a video of Kohli in action in the indoor facility with Dravid and other teammates on Instagram. “60 Seconds of Pure Joy! VIRAT KOHLI takes center stage,” was the caption on the video.
Watch the Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid video here:
India will try to win another series at home by winning the second Test in Mumbai, but it will not be easy against a New Zealand team that is difficult to beat on any surface these days.
Kohli, who decided to miss the three-match T20I series and the first Test in Kanpur due to workload management, will be back as the Indian captain in the series decider. In the video shared by BCCI, Kohli was seen going through fitness exercises before tackling the bowlers.
The Mumbai Test, which starts on Friday, will mark the first chapter of the Kohli-Dravid era. Dravid took over from India as India’s head coach after the T20 World Cup.
Kohli’s return will definitely strengthen the Indian batting line-up that has struggled a bit. Who will replace Kohli in the XI is another matter of discussion. Debutant Shreyas Iyer did more than enough to retain his place in the team, but the team management gave no signs at all to indicate that they wanted to drop either Cheteshwar Pujara or Ajinkya Rahane. Both of the experienced batsmen have been out of shape lately.
“You have to understand the situation of where the team is placed, you have to understand where individuals stand. You have to communicate well, talk to the individuals and approach them in a way, explain things clearly. We have in the past “When we look at combination, we have explained to individuals and they have understood our attitude behind going in with certain combinations,” Kohli said in a virtual press conference on Thursday.
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