The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli donned a new hat on Thursday when he was seen helping his teammate Rohit Sharma practice in the nets ahead of their ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final match against New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Virat Kohli was seen giving throwdowns in the practice nets to Rohit, who will be the first to face the famed New Zealand bowling attack at the Rose Bowl from Friday.
Rohit and Kohli were also seen having a long discussion in between the throwdowns. Rohit is India’s second-highest run-getter during India’s WTC campaign but has only played the single Test in England in 2014 in which he scored just 34 runs. During the championship cycle, Rohit Sharma has amassed 1030 runs from 11 Tests at an average of 64.37 which also includes 4 hundred.
Here is the video of the same:
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Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in Nets batting practice. Both discussing about batting. pic.twitter.com/hH5ngz7tlp
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Rohit and fellow opener Shubman Gill will be expected to given the Indian team a steady start against the Kiwi new-ball attack. Former India skipper, Sourav Ganguly also highlighted the importance of the openers in India’s bid to clinch the inaugural World Test Championship.
But the news from Southampton has been disappointing as bad weather has almost washed out the first two sessions of Day 1 and persistent rain continues to play spoilsport in the title clash. Rain delayed the toss and then wiped out the entire first session of play in Southampton.
It started raining in Southampton on Thursday afternoon and it resulted in the delay of the coin toss could not take place because of the drizzle which ensured the square remained undercover.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely to play spoilsport throughout the opening day. The organizers have allocated a reserve day to make up for any lost time during the regular days of the match.