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Team India to undergo army-like training before Dharamsala T20

Team India to undergo army-like training before Dharamsala T20

The Indian team has planned to make full use of the high-altitude location, venue for South Africa's tour-opening T20 international on October 2.

The Indian team is planning to make full use of the high-altitude location at Dharamsala, venue for South Africa's tour-opening T20 international on October 2, with an intensive army-like training that has been specifically requested by Team Director Ravi Shastri - the The Times of India has reported.

The MS Dhoni-led side was scheduled to arrive at Dharamsala on September 30, but now with this two-day boot camp planned, the squad will reach the venue on September 28.

TOI reports that the training programme will be based on the drills similar to one practised by the Indian Army.

"The players and the coaching staff will arrive in the city on September 28. Earlier, they had planned to come on September 30. The training programme is based on the drills of the Indian Army," Mohit Sood, press secretary of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), told the newspaper.

The two-day high-altitude training includes obstacle courses, trekking and barrier courses to improve the endurance of the players before a taxing 72-day series against South Africa involving three T20Is, five ODIs and four Tests.

The TOI report also indicates that the programme may also included a hike of about 7000 feet (above sea level).

"After the Indian team came back from Sri Lanka, Ravi Shastri had a talk with Anurag Thakur - the president of HPCA, and requested him to grant the team necessary logistics for the high-altitude training. Anurag ji gave a thumbs-up to Shastri's plan and told us [HPCA] to make sure that arrangements were made," a top HPCA official was quoted as saying.

"The whole exercise is being done to help the team cope with and understand pressure situations, which they might find themselves in aplenty during the South Africa series and the season ahead that also includes the ICC World Twenty20," one of the national selectors told the newspaper.