Indian team start training without Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma

Virat Kohli is an Indian cricketer who currently captains the India national team. While Rohit is the vice-captain of the Indian national team in limited-overs formats. He is the only cricketer in the history of cricket to score more than one ODI double-hundred, having scored three of them.

With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) planning to organize outdoor training for the men’s senior team cricketers, the captain Virat Kohli and limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma might not be able to join them.

The BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal had earlier informed that the Indian cricketers might start individual skill-based outdoor training from May 18 if the Government of India eases restrictions.

Due to the countrywide lockdown, all top athletes are confined to their homes and are just doing some exercises to keep themselves fit in the lockdown.

“For players like Kohli and Rohit, the restrictions are there in Mumbai and might stay,” BCCI official told AFP.

He also said that after the ease of lockdown, “some skill-based training” outdoors could be possible in other parts of India.

“As of now, we are working, given the lockdown restrictions, through apps and online modes. The coaches and support staff are regularly in touch with the players,” he added.

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“Everybody would be keen to hit the ground and the idea is whenever we are ready for cricket to resume, they (the players) are able to give their 100 percent,” he maintained.

India called off their ODI series against South Africa in March. Later the Indian Premier League (IPL) was also called off twice. India have a short tour of Sri Lanka scheduled for June but it is widely expected to be called off.

This is now the second international cricket series to be called as Covid-19 fear gripped the world. England’s tour of Sri Lanka was called off and the players were asked to return home instead of playing the two Test matches.

Before the India vs South Africa series got underway, it was decided the players would not shake hands with each other and Bhuvneshwar Kumar said Indian players would not use their saliva to shine the ball.

They have been informed about the Do’s and Don’ts of personal hygiene including but not limited to:

1. washing hands with soap & water for a minimum of 20 seconds,

2. use of hand sanitizers,

3. covering mouth while sneezing or coughing

4. reporting to the medical team immediately in case of fever, cough or any illness,

5. avoid touching face, mouth, nose and eyes before thoroughly washing hands, ADVERTISEMENT

6. avoid eating out at restaurants where hygiene standards are unknown or compromised,

7. avoid close contact & interaction with individuals outside the team environment (to avoid cross-infection from unknown individuals). Includes avoiding handshake, handling unknown phones for selfies.

Elsewhere, matches in the English Premier League were postponed till April 4 while Champions League and Europa League games scheduled next week were postponed.

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