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World Cup: Indians back in training after break

Afternoon drizzle forces suspension of team practice

After a two-day break following the big game against Pakistan at Manchester’s Old Trafford, Virat Kohli’s men were back in training at the Hampshire Bowl here on Wednesday. First up, most of them including the skipper and M.S. Dhoni indulged in a spot of sepak takraw, a sport akin to volleyball but one in which only the legs and head were permitted to be used while relaying the ball across the net.

There was chit-chat and comedy too as Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal got struck awkwardly while the rest laughed. Later, the Men in Blue trooped to the adjacent practice ground and had a round of nets till an afternoon drizzle forced them to seek the indoor facility. Rohit Sharma, Kohli, K.L. Rahul, Pandya and Dhoni had a hit, while Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah wheeled their arms over. Coach Ravi Shastri then had a long chat with Kohli and Pandya.

Dinesh Karthik, meanwhile, did his wicketkeeping drills at the main ground and Kuldeep Yadav had to do his shuttle runs as part of his fitness regimen. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is recovering from a hamstring strain, jogged a bit and even ran up the stairs but he is unlikely to be fit in time for Saturday’s clash against Afghanistan.

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