Sanju Samson-Yashasvi Jaiswal in focus as India get into groove ahead of T20 World Cup


Team India sweated hard in their second practice session in New York on Thursday, May 30 as they prepare themselves for their warm-up fixture against Bangladesh in the city on June 1. Notably, the entire squad was seen involved in an intense training session including the reserve players such as Rinku Singh, Khaleel Ahmed and Avesh Khan.

In a video released by the BCCI, all the players can be seen in a ‘game-ready’ mode as batters hit some glorious shots while bowlers practiced their variations. Out of form, Hardik Pandya was also seen showcasing his hitting prowess and also bowled in full steam.

While most of the Indian players are in the US for the T20 extravaganza, the only player missing is the star batter Virat Kohli who left for the country from Mumbai on Thursday. The 35-year-old is expected to link up with the squad soon ahead of the warm-up fixture. However, whether he will participate in the game is not known yet.

Notably, India have been put in Group A and will start their World Cup campaign on June 5 against Ireland at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York. The Men in Blue will further take on arch-rivals Pakistan at the same venue on June 9 followed by US on June 12 and Canada on June 15 at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida.

India eager to end ‘knockout jinx’

The Rohit Sharma-led will be eager to put up a good show in the mega event after having a ‘not so memorable’ campaign in the previous edition held in 2022. The Asian giants got knocked out of the tournament following a humiliating ten-wicket loss against England in the semi-final.

Hence, they will be desperate to end their 17-year-long T20 World Cup trophy drought having won the inaugural edition of the tournament held in 2007 under the leadership of MS Dhoni. Since then, India have failed to emulate their feat despite being home to the grandest T20 league in the world the ‘IPL’. As the event draws closer, Rohit Sharma and his men face an uphill task of breaking their constant knockout jinx in the ICC events since 2013 and finally winning a major title after 2013.

Published By:

Rishabh Beniwal

Published On:

May 31, 2024


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