Head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) Rahul Dravid was present on Friday as the Indian players attended an optional training session at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. The Men in Blue reached Bengaluru after winning the second T20I against South Africa in Mohali. Some of the players were spotted on the ground to work on their skills under the supervision of Ravi Shastri.
BCCI even posted a photo of the two legends of the game meeting in the stadium. “When two greats of Indian Cricket meet,” the photo caption read.
When two greats of Indian Cricket meet 🤝 pic.twitter.com/Vj3bAeGr8y
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 20, 2019
With the first T20I which was scheduled in Dharamshala being washed out, India cannot lose the series from here after having won the first match by 7 wickets.
Post the match, Virat Kohli was all in praise for the young cricket team and stated, “When you play like that and win a game for your team, it is always a good feeling. The pitch was very good and an outstanding effort from the bowlers to pull things back. As long as they (youngsters) show character in difficult situations, they are going to present a strong case for themselves in the future.”
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli continued his good run with the bat and surpassed Rohit Sharma as the highest overall run-getter in. He went on to add that his knock reminded him of his knock of 82 runs at the same venue against Australia in the 2016 World T20.
“That night (2016 game vs AUS) was a revelation of how fit you can be on a cricket field. Lot of positive signs for us and they’ll get many more games to prove their mettle. They are going in the right direction. The badge in front of my shirt — India — it is a pride to play for my country. Whatever it takes, whichever format, to get us across the line, I’ll do that.
“Adapting in different formats is nothing but a mindset of making your team win. If you want to win a game for your team, you will find a way. That’s the most important thing. I never think for myself, it’s always about what the team needs. Test cricket, one-day cricket … the will should be to win the game for your country,” he said.