In order to get their preparations right for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia, Indian players in the form of Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, and Mohammed Siraj among many others will be leaving for England on Tuesday, May 23. Other players including skipper Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane, Shubman Gill, and Mohammed Shami among many others will leave India after the conclusion of the ongoing IPL 2023.
Even though the date is not finalized but it is expected to be at the end of May. Notably, Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj’s team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) suffered a six-wicket loss against Gujarat Titans (GT) to bow out of the cash-rich league on May 21. In just a couple of days’ time, the cricketers will now leave for the UK in order to acclimatize to the conditions and get much-needed preparation time.
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Meanwhile, along with the main players, Mukesh Kumar, who has been named among the reserves will be flying alongside Akash Deep, Aniket Choudhury, and Yarra Prithviraj, who have been selected as the net bowlers of the Indian team.
India’s red-ball maestro Cheteshwar Pujara is already in England and has been playing some brilliant cricket in the ongoing County Championship Division 2. He is also leading Sussex in the ongoing season but will leave the tournament midway to join the national team later in the week.
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Meanwhile, as per a report from Sportstar, both Umesh Yadav and Jaydev Unadkat are declared fir for the much-awaited game. Notably, both the pacers were suffering from their respective injuries as Unadkat was ruled out of the tournament while Umesh didn’t feature for KKR in the second half of the tournament. However, they are now declared fit and will be traveling to England on Tuesday.
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Significantly, the WTC final is scheduled to be commencing on June 7, at the Oval, in London. Australia stars Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne have already reached England as they are currently playing in the County Championship while other members of the team are expected to join soon.