The Indian contingent which includes both men and women squad have reached England on Thursday ahead of a long Indian tour to England. The Virat Kohli lead men’s team is previously scheduled to play the World Test Championship Finals against Newzealand which is scheduled to start from June 18, 2021.
Following this, the Men in blue will compete against England in a 5 match Test series. Meanwhile, the Indian Women’s team is set to play a one-off Test match, 3 match ODI series and a 3 match T20I series against England.
Excitement building up for India’s tour to England!
India had previously defeated England in the Indian soil as the end results read 3-1 to qualify for the World Test Championship Finals. There will certainly be a heated contest between the two nations as England will be looking to give it back to India this time and home advantage of Englishmen shall also join hands with the rivals. The BCCI posted a video of Indian men’s and Women’s team travel to England which featured some prominent players sharing their experience of travel to England and preparations before the Test series.
The Indian all rounder Axar Patel opened up on his travel to England, “I got a very good sleep. First I watched a movie for 2 hours and then I was able to sleep 6 hrs straight. Now having my breakfast. The plan is the same, to get quarantined after reaching England. According to our information, we have to get ourselves quarantined for 3 days, so we won’t be able to meet each other in that time. “
The Mohammed Siraj, the right arm medium-fast bowler who shined bright in his debut Test tour to Australia said,“We have landed at Heathrow (airport) now. So it will be a two hours bus journey from here (airport) to the hotel. First I slept for 2 hrs, then Rohit bhai (Rohit Sharma) woke me up and I could sleep after that. So I will be a little bit tired, because yesterday also was a heavy gym session and running session. So will be tired.”
After the postponement of IPL 2021 with the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic currently experienced in India, there was a month-long gap of no play for team India before the England tour.
The Indian men’s team have arrived in England with the prime task of securing their maiden ICC trophy under their new captain Virat Kohli in the Inaugural World Test Championship finals. But this is not going to b a task of ease as the Newzealand are already ahead of India with respect to preparations as the Kiwis are in action against England with the two-match Test series.