India cricket stars in town, gear up for Zimbabwe ODI series

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India cricket team players during their first training session in Harare on Monday

India national cricket team players began their preparations in Harare on Sunday ahead of the One Day International (ODI series) against hosts Zimbabwe.

The first ODI is scheduled for Thursday at Harare Sports Club, followed by the second ODI on Saturday and the third ODI on Monday. After the three-match ODI series, India will depart for the Asia Cup while the Zimbabwe team will shift their focus to the three-match ODI series in Australia.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted photos from the training session on Twitter with the caption, “Hello from Harare”.

Here are the photos:

In the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharman India will be led by KL Rahul.

Rahul is making a return to the team after he missed the West Indies series after testing positive for Covid-19.

A BCCI statement said, “The BCCI Medical Team has assessed KL Rahul and cleared him to play in the upcoming three-match ODI series in Zimbabwe. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has appointed him the captain of the side and named Shikhar Dhawan as his deputy”.

The Zimbabwe series is part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League – a competition for direct qualification for the ODI World Cup next year.

India’s squad for 3 ODIs: KL Rahul (Captain) Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Subhuman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar.

 

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