Mumbai. The Indian team playing in the ICC ODI World Cup under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma has made everyone fall on their knees with their tremendous performance. India topped the points table winning all their 9 matches in the league stage. Now they have to play the fourth ranked team New Zealand in the semi-finals. Before this match, most of the players of Team India chose to rest.
The Indian players took part in an optional practice session ahead of the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand on Tuesday. Several key players, including fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, chose to rest. India played their last match of the league stage in Bengaluru on Sunday and the team arrived here on Monday. In such a situation, only optional practice sessions were held for the Indian players.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma and in-form star batsman Virat Kohli participated in the practice session. Kohli practiced on all three nets. First he faced the fast bowler Mohammad Siraj and later the spinners and throw down specialists. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja also took batting practice and then spent ample time with fielding coach T Dileep.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who did not play in a single match after India’s first match against Australia in the league stage, also bowled long spells. Opener Shubman Gill, wicketkeeper batsman KL Rahul and middle order batsman Shreyas Iyer also did not participate in the practice session.
India’s journey to the semi-finals
Team India started the World Cup with a win against Australia. After this, they continued their victorious campaign by defeating Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, England, South Africa and finally the Netherlands to make it to the semi-finals.
First published: November 14, 2023, 23:46 IST