India’s Tour of Australia 2020: Pre-match Scenario

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After an 8-months long absence from international cricket due to the Covid-19 pandemic, team India is ready to take on the Australian team in a 2-months tour. The series will consist of 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is, and 4 Test Matches taking place between November 27 to January 19. But what is the current condition of the players prior to this high-tension series?

The Indian team has already arrived in Sydney and is currently placed under bio-bubble. Strict measures are taken and the players are restricted from moving outside, mingle, or even dine together at the current moment. They are not allowed to have group discussions, workout, or even move out of the hotel rooms as a matter of fact.

It was the same scenario during the IPL in Dubai where players were in bio-bubble for over 100 days. As stated by the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, this consistency is getting difficult for the players. Questions on the authorities were raised for the length of tournaments and series during this pandemic and not being considerate about the health of the players. “At the end of the day, you want the players to be in the best state mentally and physically”, Kohli added.

However, the BCCI has guaranteed paternity leave to Virat Kohli due to the birth of his first child. He will return to the country after leading the side in the opening Test. During his absence, Ajinkya Rahane is accounted to lead the last three matches. Even though his decision was honored, however, it couldn’t help drawing some criticism as well. Some even went to the length to compare it with Dhoni’s decision during the 2015 WC not to come back for his daughter, Ziva’s birth.

With BCCI ruling out Rohit Sharma from the ODI and T20 series (due to his injury), and Kohli being absent for 3 test matches, the Indian team might be in for an unpleasant surprise. However, with KL Rahul to cover for Rohit Sharma in ODIs & T20s while Rohit and Rahul, both to cover for Kohli in Test Matches, team India is most likely to handle the situation efficiently.

The live broadcast will be available on SPSN, SONY TEN 1, 3, and SONY SIX. The Indian fans will be able to enjoy uninterrupted Live Streaming by subscribing to SonyLIV from 27th November.

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