As the Men in Blue gear up for the final bit of International cricket before the 2019 ICC World Cup, the Indian cricket team sweat it out in the nets ahead of the 1st T20I against Australia in Vishakapatnam. And back in action was former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was seen having a go by blasting a few shots.
The BCCI's official twitter handle uploaded a few pictures where the Virat Kohli led Team India was seen practicing ahead of the series opener against Australia.
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 22, 2019
The seven-match series comprising two T20 Internationals and five ODIs against a struggling Australian side, will be India's last international assignment before the mega event starting May 30 in England and Wales.
With all but two places sealed, Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri will also treat these two T20 games as an extended audition for the World Cup hopefuls, who are still on the waiting list.
The Aaron Finch-led side may not have played T20Is since their last series against India three months back, but they are fresh from their extended Big Bash League with six players including the skipper featuring in the all-Melbourne final on February 17.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (v-c), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Sidharth Kaul, Mayank Markande.
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), D'Arcy Short, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.