Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma sweat it out as life moves on | Cricket News – Times of India

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma sweat it out as life moves on | Cricket News - Times of India

Centurion: It’s been over a month now since the forgettable World Cup final but it still hurts like hell.
however, Rohit Sharma And Virat Kohli There are two battle-hardened professionals who know it’s important to move on as they sweat in empathetic silence.
Indian cricket has a 31-year-old jinx missing out on a Test series win in the ‘Rainbow Nation’ and in the twilight zone of their careers, both will want to achieve what no other Indian team has been able to do.
While Kohli, who returned from London after a short break with family, joined the training after half an hour, Rohit looked a little more relaxed after keeping himself locked away for three weeks.
The two batted in different nets and center practice strips, and faced throwdowns for more than an hour.

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Even during the short breaks in between, there was hardly any conversation between them. Unlike the World Cup net when there was a mix of both focus and laughter, the only sound that made you sit up and take notice was the red leather hitting the willow.
Coach Rahul Dravid had an eye on the center net as KL Rahul quickly put on his pads. Kona India didn’t even bother to put on the big gloves during the first hour, there was no doubt who would keep the wickets.

This became more evident with the formation of the slip as Rahul kept the wickets and the young Turks had it. Yeshsavi Jaiswal And Shubman Gul for company.
Cricket is a slice of life and over the course of three hours, everyone at the SuperSport Park was seen picking up pieces of it.
Despite the silence, Rohit’s sense of humor remained intact as he joked with a popular YouTuber that “You’ve got competition because others are here,” referring to other journalists, who had come to cover the series.
First to enter the nets, Rohit and youngster Yashvi Jaiswal were seen battling Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur for five balls before coming into the next round.
However, the signature Rohit came out when he bowled Ashwin deep into the grass banks. One knew that according to Rohit nothing has changed as far as the opener is concerned.
As the skipper was in the middle of his first innings, Kohli walked over and had a brief chat with coach Dravid as he watched Rohit bat.
Moments later, King Kohli walked out of the center field and padded up for a throw-down net where Rohit and Jaiswal would join within minutes.

“Tehjko tejna jaana ki main jaon (you go first or should I go),” Rohit asked his younger opening partner who wanted to strike the senior.
Dayanand, one of the bowlers, asked his captain, “Dada, which bowler should I have for you, right-arm or left-arm (should I have a right-arm bowler or a left-arm bowler for you)?”
The skipper was fine with anything as the former skipper had already started knocking into the second net.
Both defended well, dropped plenty of balls at long intervals and drove at times, exchanged nets, saw a bit of each other’s batting.
Rohit was later seen explaining the physical balance while hitting pull shots as Jaiswal and Gill, the future “Rohit-Kohli” duo, listened intently.
The team looked as intense as their head coach, a far cry from the more relaxed atmosphere seen during the World Cup.
A lot is at stake in the next two weeks.
Ashwin can stay out again.
Against a four-pronged pace attack comprising of Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Marco Johnson and possibly Gerald Coetzee, India are unlikely to reduce their batting depth and hence, Shardul once again. Ravichandran can leave Ashwin behind in pacer-friendly conditions where humidity is present. Heavy rain is expected on the first day due to the forecast.
But Shardul will be the fourth fast bowler and if one goes through the net, Mukesh Kumar, though a few yards slower than Prasad Krishna, bowled well and beat the bat many times.
Parsed though bowled his back-off length balls, which did not trouble most of the batsmen.

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