SYDNEY: Gearing up for a gruelling tour of Australia, the Indian team on Saturday began outdoor training with a light session after the entire contingent tested negative for Covid-19.
Several cricketers who recently competed in the Indian Premier League in the UAE, including Hardik Pandya, Prithvi Shaw and Mohammed Siraj, attended the session at Blacktown International Sports Park inside the Sydney Olympic Park.
The BCCI posted pictures of the outdoor training and a gym session on its Twitter handle.
Two days off the plane and #TeamIndia had their first outdoor session today. A bit of 🏃 to get the body moving!… https://t.co/CQ4nJj0BMP
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1605343350000
Spinner Kudeep Yadav, pacer Umesh Yadav, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur and Test batting mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara were seen warming up.
India’s newest pace sensation, T Natarajan, and Deepak Chahar were also seen in the pictures.
Once out, the boys also hit the gym!💪 https://t.co/X3QL3uHQJy
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1605343362000
The Indian team is currently serving a 14-day quarantine period and members have cleared the initial Covid-19 test, according to information received.
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal also posted a picture from his Twitter handle with fellow spinner Kuldeep.
“Back with my brother @imkuldeep18 and back on national duty for Flag of India#TeamIndia Flexed biceps #spintwins #kulcha,” he tweeted.
Back with my brother @imkuldeep18 and back on national duty for 🇮🇳#TeamIndia 💪 #spintwins #kulcha https://t.co/NmWmccaEXt
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) 1605330866000
India are scheduled to play three ODIs, three T20s and a four-Test series on the tour, starting with T20Is from November 27.
The Test series will begin with a Day-Night game at Adelaide from December 17. Skipper Virat Kohli will miss the last three matches and return home to attend the birth of his first child.