India are all set to host Australia for a four-match Test series as a part of the Border Gavaskar Trophy, the first of which will be played in Nagpur from February 9. Both teams are preparing hard for the much-anticipated series and are expected to produce thrilling games. While Australia have set their preparatory camp on the outskirts of Bangalore, hosts India have set their camp right in the heart of Nagpur.
The Rohit Sharma-led team is preparing hard for the series as it looks to seal the empty spot in the World Test Championship Final. India need to win the four-match series by a 3-1 margin or 2-0 margin in order to qualify for the WTC Final. However, they will be without few of their star players like Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant.
Nevertheless, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has selected a strong squad from the pool of available players. The likes of Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and R Ashwin will be featuring for India. Now, as the first Test is just a few days away, all these players toiled hard at the preparatory camp in Nagpur.
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Meanwhile, coach Rahul Dravid talked about the importance of such camps as well as how the players are shaping up ahead of the mega clash.
“It’s a really good couple of days we’ve had. We have had a couple of really long sessions. I think it’s really exciting as a coaching staff as you don’t get times like these. With the amount of cricket you play, it’s not easy to set up such camps and get an extended period of time where you can work with the players. We have been planning for what we are going to do in these 4-5 days for a month and I am glad it has come so well together,” said Dravid in a video shared by BCCI.
“Everyone looks in good shape and it’s nice to get the Test team together again. After so much of white-ball cricket, it’s good to get back to Tests. Also, for the players to switch from white ball to red-ball. We have been focusing on close-in catches, slip fielding, and things which you don’t get to work on when you meet players two days before a series.
“I myself love to have longer camps where we can work with people. We are really happy to get these 5-6 days in Nagpur. It’s been really fruitful and the boys (are) looking good.”
Notably, the first Test takes place at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur from 9-13 February.