Indian team Captain Virat Kohli finally returned from paternity leave & hit the ground along with entire team India ahead of the Test series against England & took to social media to share the pictures from training sessions.
“Good to be back,” wrote Kohli, who returns to the team and captaincy duty after a paternity leave. In Virat Kohli’s absence, Rahane had led the team in the last three tests in Australia where India won the Border Gavaskar series 2-1. The England series starts on February 5 with the first test in Chennai.
Players of the Indian squad tested negative for COVID-19 & completed their quarantine period on Monday. They hit the ground & started their outdoor training on Monday evening at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
On Tuesday, India players had their first net session where head coach Ravi Shastri & Kohli addressed the team in a group. The second test of the four match test series against England will be played in Chennai from February 13 & from that game fans could watch the match at the stadium in limited capacity.
Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) Secretary RS Ramasaamy told media on Monday that the second test match will have 50% crowd in the stadium. “We have spoken to the BCCI, we will get official approval for 50 per cent fans by today evening,” he said on Monday.
The last two test matches of the series will be played at the newly built Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad & those matches could have fans in the stadium. “Yes, in what comes as a welcome sign for hundreds of our cricket loving fans, they will be allowed to come into the stadium for the Motera Tests,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying.