Indian captain, Virat Kohli will conduct a ‘special’ team meeting before leaving Australia. Kohli will return home to attend the birth of his child with his wife and Bollywood actress, Anushka Sharma. Kohli will address the abysmal situation the team and players are dealing with after the horrific show of the batters in their second innings of the first Test in Adelaide.
India was left humbled post taking a first innings lead as Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood along with the support of Mitchell Starc humiliated the much-revered batting order dismissing them for a total of 36- India’s lowest ever Test score – as none of the batsmen could reach double figures.
Virat Kohli to motivate players individually
Virat Kohli will be having a special team meeting before heading home. He will be addressing the entire team in a collective session, headed by coach Ravi Shastri, on Monday. The 32-year-old will also participate in one on one sessions with each member. This special meeting aims to lift the morale of the team ahead of the second Test match in Melbourne.
The team will in despair- not only they put on a shameful batting collapse, but India would also be without the services of their charismatic leader, Virat Kohli, and without their senior pacer, Mohammed Shami, who is ruled out of the entire series after copping a blow on his wrist from a short ball by Pat Cummins.
Hence, Kohli will look to egg the team on for the next three matches. It is reported that Ajinkya Rahane, who will lead the side for the rest of the series will also have an individual session with the players to understand them more ahead of the Boxing Day Test. Rahane has earlier lead twice in Kohli’s absence – against Australia and Afghanistan at home – and India emerged victorious in both the matches.
“We have lost one game very badly but 3 Tests are still remaining. Virat will try to motivate the team members by addressing them collectively and individually. The morale of the team will surely be lifted by this, the message would be straight that no matter what captain will always be on their side,” a source told InsideSport.