World Test ChampionshipIndian cricketers trained in a staggered manner on the third day of their quarantine here after being allowed to run in the gymnasium and the main playing field at different time slots.
Senior batsman Cheteshwar Pujara uploaded a video of his running on his Instagram stories, indicating that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have got the requisite permission from the health authorities to allow the visiting teams an opportunity of staggered training.
Pujara uploaded a short Instagram video titled “Golden Hour” and “Let’s Go” where he was seen doing some light jogging.
It is understood that with the Hilton hotel being part of the Hampshire Bowl property, the players were allowed to come out of their rooms on the third day even though they are still not supposed to meet each other.
The men and the women could use the gymnasium separately for running and other physical training purpose.
The skills training will start a few days later at an adjacent practice ground but on Sunday, the room quarantine is likely to be over and they can do their gym sessions in small groups.
The players have also been provided basic equipment in their rooms for exercise purposes.
India squad: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul (subject to fitness clearance), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper; subject to fitness clearance).
Standby players: Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla
18th – 22nd June: WTC Final vs NZ Southampton
4th – 8th August: 1st Test vs England at Nottingham
12th – 16th August: 2nd Test vs England at London (Lord’s)
25th – 29th August: 3rd Test vs England at Leeds
2nd – 6th September: 4th Test vs England at London (Oval)
10th – 14th September: 5th Test vs England at Manchester (Old Trafford)