[Watch]: Team India’s first practice session under lights in Sri Lanka, BCCI Shares picture



The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has shared a picture on Twitter of Team India’s initial practice session under the lights in Sri Lanka.

The rescheduled India-Sri Lanka white-ball series will start with the first ODI in Colombo on Sunday, July 18. The series was supposed to begin on July 13 but had to be suspended owing to COVID-19 cases in the Sri Lankan camp.

Starting off this week, the BCCI shared a picture of Team India’s first practice session under the lights with the caption:

“Our first practice session under lights begins now #TeamIndia #SLvIND.”


In the image, Team India’s coach for the Sri Lanka series, Rahul Dravid, can be seen giving a conversation to the players, with everyone paying intent listening. Dravid was named coach for the series since the main Team India team is on the tour of England. The limited-overs team in Sri Lanka will be led by Shikhar Dhawan, who is on his maiden tour as skipper of the Indian team.

The start of India’s series against Sri Lanka got held after batting coach Grant Flower, data interpreter GT Niroshan and wicketkeeper-batsman Sandun Weerakkody tested positive for COVID-19 before the white-ball series.


Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur explains Team India as an ‘IPL All-Stars XI’

Former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga recently named the Indian team in Sri Lanka as a ‘2nd string’ unit. According to Sri Lanka’s head coach Micky Arthur though, the team led by Dhawan is a very talented one and will pose a challenge to the hosts. Arthur talk with Sportstar:

“We are under no illusion because we know this is a wonderful Indian team. The Indian team is amazing; they have got so many good cricketers – it is like an IPL All-Stars XI. They are an incredible bunch of players.

“For us, it is very much about giving game time to young players, looking at possible combinations going forward. We are very much in a transitional phase at the moment. We are trying out a lot of young players and trying out our best combinations.”

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