World Test Championship: India’s first group of athletes departed for London on Tuesday

India’s first group of athletes departed for London on Tuesday; Kohli and Siraj will follow today

Indian players had one day off following their IPL obligations to spend time with their families before traveling to England for the WTC final against Australia.

The first group of Indian players departed for London

The first group of Indian players and support personnel departed for London in the early hours of May 23 to ready for the World Test Championship final match against Australia, which will start on June 7.

World Test Championship 2023

World Test Championship 2023

The first travel group includes those players whose IPL journey ended by May 20

The first travel group, which includes players like Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, and Axar Patel, consisted of those whose Indian Premier League assignments were completed by May 20. R Ashwin did not go with the first group of travelers. Later in the day, the left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat and the off-spinner will depart. According to reports, Virat Kohli and pacer Mohammed Siraj will depart for London on May 24.

Kohli and Siraj might depart on May 24

On Sunday, Kohli and Siraj competed for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, but despite the former captain’s scorching century, they were unable to advance to the playoffs. According to The news agency, Kohli might take a flight early in the morning with his family on May 24.

After the IPL is over, the players will receive a day off so they can spend time with their families before flying to England. Siraj, who arrived in Hyderabad on Monday from Bangalore, will be joining the team later this week along with the second group of athletes.

According to the information obtained, Aniket Chaudhary and Akash Deep were deployed as net bowlers. Tushar Deshpande, a pace bowler for Mumbai and Chennai Super Kings, was also selected by the selectors to travel with the team as a net bowler. Deshpande won’t be going to London, however, as CSK has qualified for the playoffs.

Cheteshwar Pujara will join the Indian team on May 26

On May 26, Cheteshwar Pujara, who currently represents Sussex in county cricket, will join the Indian team. Pujara has been in good form and played for Sussex over the summer.

Players didn’t get enough time for preparation

Earlier, the management of the Indian team had voiced concerns about what it saw as a lack of preparation for the WTC final. The support staff of the team reportedly spoke with each player individually and assessed their level of fitness. Additionally, they wanted to know if the Indian Premier League allowed the chosen players to practice using the red ball.

The players communicated their helplessness and admitted that they haven’t had enough time for separate practice sessions to adequately prepare for the important Test match against Australia.

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