Team India had managed to get their first group training session at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton as they gear up for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, scheduled to be commencing on June 18. Team India recently completed their mandatory hotel quarantine at the Ageas Bowl Stadium and will be looking to keep their preparations going ahead of the highly-anticipated fixture.
On Thursday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took to Twitter and shared a video from India’s first group training session, and captioned it as, “We have had our first group training session and the intensity was high #TeamIndia’s preparations are on in full swing for the #WTC21 Final”.
Here is the video of India’s first training session in Southampton shared by the BCCI:
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 10, 2021
In the video, the likes of Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and Ravichandran Ashwin can be seen sweating it out ahead of the upcoming WTC final. The WTC final will be played between June 18 and 22, at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, with June 23 kept as a reserve day.
The Indian players reached England on June 3 and they have undergone a mandatory three-day long hard quarantine at the venue for the WTC final. After the final, the Indian players will be getting a 20-day break before regrouping for a five-match Test series against England.
On the other hand, New Zealand will be coming into the match more accustomed to the conditions, as they are currently playing a two-match Test series against England. The first Test of the series ended in a draw at the iconic Lord’s and the final Test is scheduled to be commencing on Thursday at the Edgbaston Cricket round in Birmingham.