WATCH: Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant display their football skills
By SMCS - Oct 26, 2022 12:29 pm
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Team India have started their campaign with a nail-biting win over Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday, October 23. However, cricketers Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant were seen showing their football skills during one of their practice sessions as part of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022. They are now preparing to play against the Netherlands in Sydney on Thursday, October 27.

Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli

Meanwhile, the official Instagram handle of the ICC has shared a video of Kohli and Pant showing their soccer skills as part of their fitness session as well. The ICC shared a clip of the same on social media with the caption: “Flexing those ⚽ skills!” On the other hand, according to reports, certain Team India players were unhappy with the food options they got after their training session at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Tuesday, October 25. The food was described as “cold and inadequate” by players as well.

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As per The Indian Express, the cricketers eventually decided to boycott the lunch given by the ICC at the venue and opted to have food back at the hotel as well. According to some reports also, Team India might be thinking of resting all-rounder Hardik Pandya for their clash against the Netherlands on Thursday. He made a significant contribution (3/30 &40) in the win over Pakistan at the MCG.

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However, addressing a press conference, India’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey stated: “Hardik wants to play all the games. And we are not looking at who to rest, there is no such thought about any player. Hardik is a very important player for us. He adds a lot of balance – he is both bowling and batting. Other than that, his attitude on the field is of note. Like you saw in the last match, he played a crucial innings. Yes Virat finished it off, but to recognise the fact that the pressure will shift to the opposition if the game goes deep, you need experience. So, much of Virat’s performance’s credit should be given to Hardik as well.”