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Shikhar Dhawan Hits the Camera as Virat Kohli & Boys Sweat it Out

Cricketnext Staff |July 24, 2017, 11:27 AM IST
Shikhar Dhawan Hits the Camera as Virat Kohli & Boys Sweat it Out

New Delhi: Team India is busy preparing for the opening Test of the three-match series against Sri Lanka. With the first game set to be played from Wednesday at the Galle International Stadium, Virat Kohli and boys hit the nets on Monday. It was back to business for the boys after a day’s break, having played a two-day warm-up game in Colombo on Friday and Saturday.

And Shikhar Dhawan managed to hit the camera that was recording the opener’s stint at the nets. Taking to Twitter, BCCI posted a video which read: “Now that's one straight on the camera 🎥 courtesy @SDhawan25 #TeamIndia.”

Back at the helm as chief coach, Ravi Shastri made it clear that once the players step into the field, it's their domain and that's how it should be.

"They know their job, they are professional cricketers. Once they step on the field they take over. That is how it should be," said Shastri, who took over as coach after Anil Kumble was forced to quit under controversial circumstances.

For Shastri playing "fearless brand of cricket" is paramount and that's what he wants from his team.

"My role will be to get the guys in frame of mind that they get out and express themselves and play fearless brand of cricket."

Sri Lanka can't be taken lightly at home insisted Shastri.

"Their track record playing at home is as good as any other team. We would look to improve in the series. Else there is no point playing. You have to try and raise the bar whenever you play."

For Shastri, it's the island nation is like a second home as he first came here nearly four decades back as an 18 year old with the junior team.

"The first stamp on my passport was that of Sri Lanka. I came for the first time as an 18-year-old. Then first stint as a broadcaster in Sri Lanka in 1994. Now first stint as coach happens to here. I have lot of fond memories."

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