Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli [PC: AFP via Getty], Rohit Sharma [PC: Kerala Cricket Association]

Last Update on: October 2nd, 2023 at 11:02 pm

Star India National Cricket Team batter Virat Kohli missed the team’s optional practice session on Monday, October 2, but he is expected to join the squad for the warm-up game against the Netherlands National Cricket Team, according to reports in PTI.

India National Cricket Team will take on the Netherlands National Cricket Team on October 3 at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.

Ahead of the match, India held a practice session in Thiruvananthapuram at the local college ground. The likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, and Mohammed Shami skipped the session.

The batting maestro Virat Kohli didn’t take part in the practice session due to personal reasons as he didn’t travel with the team to Thiruvananthapuram, instead, he had left for Mumbai from Guwahati for some personal reasons.

He is expected to join the squad soon – BCCI source on Virat Kohli

Although Virat Kohli missed the practice session, he is expected to return when India lock horns with the Netherlands, according to a BCCI source.

”It was an optional session. He is expected to join the squad soon and could play the warm-up game if required,” a BCCI source privy to developments told PTI on condition of anonymity.

Talking more about the practice session, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, and Suryakumar Yadav batted for a long period of time against Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj. Also, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bowled for a considerable amount of time.

Meanwhile, India’s first warm-up game was against the Jos Buttler-led England National Cricket Team at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati on Saturday, September 30. India won the toss and opted to bat first in the match. However, just a few minutes after the toss it started to rain, and the match was eventually called off.

After participating in their warm-up game against the Netherlands, the Rohit Sharma-led side will open their World Cup campaign against Australia in Chennai on October 8.

India squad for World Cup 2023: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav.

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