After a disastrous start to India’s tour of South Africa in Cape Town, the Virat Kohli led team will be looking to turn things around in Johannesburg in the second Test which begins on January 13th. Ahead of the match though the Indian cricket team took some time out to pay a visit to the India House in the city.
In a social media post from the BCCI which had multiple pictures of the team’s visit to the India house, Kohli and the boys seemed to be relaxed ahead of the task on hand. The Indian team who met the High Commissioner at the India House, also interacted with former South African cricketer Ali Bacher. Some of the players like, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya and Murali Vijay also obliged fans present by posing for photographs with them.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2018
A good outing with the guys at the High Commissioner’s house in Johannesburg! Great to see everyone in the new formal outfits😊😊 pic.twitter.com/VAmin9iP2B
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) January 11, 2018
Earlier in the day, the Indian team began training for the second Test, which is a must win one if they have any hope of continuing the streak of series wins. Taking to the training ground at around 9:30 am in the morning, the boys trained for as long as three hours under the scorching sun even as chief coach Ravi Shastri kept a close eye on proceedings. It all started with light warm-ups and a game of football, but it soon turned to serious fielding drills before the boys hit the nets at the back of the ground.
Interestingly, it was the bowlers who took first strike at the nets with Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar walking in to bat. While one net had batting coach Sanjay Bangar giving throwdowns, the other two had the net bowlers and the Indian pacers going full throttle.
It was only after the bowlers had a longish session that Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul hit the nets, taking turns in throwdowns and facing the net bowlers. Rahul’s starting the session with Kohli and Vijay can be a clear indication that he will be a part of the playing XI on Saturday. All this while, Shikhar dhawan was training batting against the cosco ball inside the main ground with R Sridhar using a tennis racquet to hit balls at him at pace.