The kind of standards that has been set by Virat Kohli and Co, it was dreadful to lose in a manner that must have punctured their egos. India trail 0-1 against visitors Australia at home, which has set up the Border-Gavaskar trophy beautifully. None of the big Indian names put up a fight; they were tamed in their own backyard, one that they suffered last in 2004 against Australia.
Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Anil Kumble and Ravichandran Ashwin were out there in the nets for a gruelling practice session. In a statement, Murali Vijay has asserted, “We will come back strong.” To allow actions to do the talking, the session focused on fine tuning the loose ends. Slip catching was practised by Rahane and Virat and Ashwin had to bowl along with veteran bowler and coach Anil Kumble—someone who knows Chinnaswamy at the back of his hand. Even Karun Nair had a net. He is pushing to make a cut for the Bengaluru Test after Rahane did not live up to his expectations.
They were spotted jogging as a unit and also doing the short sprints, which helps you warm up quickly. Sanjay Bangar was also seen chalking out the strategy, preparing a blueprint on pen and paper. Even young upcoming talent Kuldeep Yadav, the chinaman was rolling his arms over. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were hitting balls at the net. Rahane was fine tuning his square-of-the-wicket shots, whereas Virat was looking to hit the balls in the ‘V’.
Things seem to be building up really well before the showdown on 4th March.