India captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri engaged with the journalists on the eve of their departure for the upcoming UK tour in a virtual press conference. However, even before the press conference began, leaked audio of Kohli saying something to Shastri is doing rounds and has gone viral.
The Indian cricket team is all set for the high-profile clash against New Zealand in the World Test Championship final. For the same mega event, Men in Blue were all set to fly to the UK on June 2. New Zealand is currently engaged in the first Test of the two-match series against hosts England, which is being played at Lord’s.
Hum Inko Round The Wicket Dalwayenge, Left Handers Hai Inpe, Lala Siraj Sabko Start Se Hi Laga Denge: Virat Kohli To Ravi Shastri
Before the press conference was about to begin, both Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri, not aware that they were already live, were discussing the ongoing Test match between New Zealand and England. Their discussion was on how to bowl to New Zealand’s left-handed batsmen and how they can use Mohammad Shami and Mohammed Siraj around the wicket to counter them.
In the audio, Kohli can be heard speaking– ‘hum inko round the wicket dalwayenge, Left handers hai inpe, Lala Siraj sabko start se hi laga denge.” On the same comment, Ravi Shastri replied-“hmmn”
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If the conversation stands to be true, it seems that Virat Kohli is expected to play both Mohammad Shami and Mohammed Siraj in the final of the ICC World Test Championship at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl ground.
The Indian team will arrive in the UK on June 3 and will then have to be in a hard quarantine for a few days after which they’ll be allowed to practice. Compared to New Zealand, which would play two Tests as practice, the Indian team will have less time to acclimatize with the conditions in Southampton.
India are carrying a 20-man squad for the entire UK tour along with four reserve players as well. India will also play a five-Test series against England after the conclusion of the ICC World Test Championship final.