Ahmedabad: Big guns Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane went full throttle at the nets as the Indian cricket team Monday trained in earnest for the upcoming fourth and final Test against England. The fourth Test starts here Thursday.
Captain Kohli, his deputy Rahane and senior opener Rohit were seen batting at the nets in a video posted by the BCCI on Twitter. The three seniors drove, pulled and flicked against the fast bowlers and spinners. Head coach Ravi Shastri was seen interacting with Rohit and Kohli. The two star batsmen sat together for a discussion.
Left-arm spinner Axar Patel bagged 11 wickets in India’s thumping win in the pink ball third Test here. He was seen rolling his arms over at the nets against some of the world’s best batsmen. They were also seen fielding with Rahane, standing next to Rohit in the second slip position. The Indian team had a full-fledged practice session here Sunday as well.
The Kohli-led Indian team lost the first Test in Chennai by 227 runs, but bounced back with a 317-run hammering of the visitors in the second Test.
In the previous match, India shot out England for 112 and 81 to wrap up the Test inside two days on a challenging Motera track.
Leading 2-1 in the series, India will be without top pacer Jasprit Bumrah in the final Test. He has been released from the squad due to ‘personal reasons. India need to draw the game to seal their spot in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC). If they do so, they will meet New Zealand at the Lord’s in London this June. It will surely be another riveting game.