Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - With Mumbai witnessing unseasonal rains, Indian team asks for indoor practice. [File picture] India will be playing a Test at the Wankhede Stadium after 5 years
[File picture] India will be playing a Test at the Wankhede Stadium after 5 years
Rains in November and December are an uncommon feature in Mumbai and not so surprisingly, the unseasonal rains washed out India and New Zealand's practice sessions on Wednesday (December 1) ahead of the second and final Test at the Wankhede. With further rains forecast in the next 24 hours, the teams will be going into the game, starting on Friday (December 3), without a proper net session in the build-up.
In this damp backdrop and overcast weather, thanks to the cyclonic pressure in the Arabian Sea, the Indian team management has asked the hosts Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to facilitate indoor practice.
The MCA officials have complied with the request and spruced up the association's Bandra-Kurla facility where indoor cricket practice is available. “The team will practise at the BKC tomorrow (December 2). The request was received from the team management via the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and we are organising things,” MCA secretary Sanjay Naik told Cricbuzz. The BKC and the Wankhede, the venue of the Test, are 18 kms adrift of each other and the team will be travelling on Thursday morning from its South Mumbai Hotel to the city's Western suburb.
The request to the MCA, it is understood, was an initiative by skipper Virat Kohli, who will be playing a competitive game after almost a month. He had skipped the three-match white-ball series and the first Test against the visiting New Zealanders. There was no such request from the visitors who, on the other hand, have scheduled their practice at the Wankhede on Thursday afternoon.
The depression, however, is expected to weaken from Friday and the Test, the first international game in the city in almost 22 months (since an ODI against Australia on January 14, 2020), is unlikely to meet with too many weather interruptions.