Fighting a long-term lean field, former Indian captain Virat Kohli hit to the nets and also took throws during India’s first practice session for the Twenty20 series against the West Indies. Kohli went into the nets first to take the throws from the Indian support staff, hitting from both sides before going for the drill. Later he had a long net session, which lasted more than 45 minutes. Indian skipper Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid were also featured in a lengthy conversation with curator Sujan Mukherjee.
In the white-ball format, the Indian ace last scored a century against the West Indies in August 2019, in Port of Spain ODI and since then he has had 10 50-plus scores but failed to convert them into a ton.
Across all formats, he hasn’t scored an international century in over two years and his last century came against Bangladesh in India’s first pink ball Day/Night Test at Eden Gardens in November 2019.
CAB requests BCCI to admit spectators
There will be no spectators at the opening of India’s T20I against the West Indies on Wednesday, but Cricket Association of Bengal is “hopeful” that the board will reconsider its decision for the second and third T20Is.
“The Cricket Association of Bengal has again requested the BCCI on Monday to admit spectators for the remaining matches,” CAB chairman Avishek Dalmiya said in a statement.
“The CAB will notify all stakeholders once it has received feedback from the Board of Directors.” For the first match there would be only 2000 match representatives and sponsors.
“The BCCI has only allowed higher tier and hospitality boxes for sponsors and representatives of the competition,” he added.
Earlier, Dalmiya hoped to hold the games with spectators after the state government allowed 75 percent of the capacity.
But the BCCI chairman Sourav Ganguly came in the way of the local association and said they will not allow spectators into the stadium as part of the board’s security approach.
Dalmiya then asked the board to allow fans access. 70 percent of spectators were allowed to attend the India-New Zealand T20I last November.
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