Ahead of their second match at the ICC World Cup, the Men in Blue visited the Indian High Commissioner’s residence in London on Friday, 7 June. The Indian cricket team got off to a winning start in the quadrennial tournament being hosted in England and Wales as they defeated South Africa by 6 wickets at Southampton.
India next plays defending champions Australia at the Kennington Oval in London on Sunday, 9 June. But before that, Virat and co took some time out to make the official visit to the commissioner’s residence.
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Ahead of their crucial game against defending Champions Australia, Indian players had a good time away from the field on cricket. This time, the World Cup is being played in a round robin format with each team set to play all other teams once. Former legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar speaking in an interview spoke about the importance of keeping yourself physically and mentally fit in such a long tournament.
Sharing his own experience, Sachin said that he practiced in the nets just once during the 2003 World Cup, because he tried to condition himself mentally by spending some time away from the field. He also said that going out, having lunch with the guys, things like that help to make a good positive atmosphere within the squad.
It seems the Men in Blue have indeed taken notes from Sachin, as they spent some quality time away from the pitch.
Meanwhile, Indian cricketers Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar among others posted photos from the event on their social media handles. ‘Suited and booted for the high commissioner’s event,’ wrote Dhawan. Pacer Bhuvi shared a photo with spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who starred in India’s campaign opener with a 4-wicket haul.
After tackling South Africa with ease, India’s next challenge awaits in the form of Australia. They will then play New Zealand and Pakistan in the following games before taking on Afghanistan and West Indies. The Men in Blue end their group stage away to hosts England on 30th June.