CRICKET WORLD CUP 2023 | GAMING (bgmi Tracking file)

A two-day break gave India’s players a chance to rest and recover after playing three games in seven days. After taking a break, India came out in force for a training session on a warm Tuesday evening at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium.

During a practice session, Indians Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma (REUTERS)

All of the players took part in a mandatory three-hour practice session before their World Cup encounter against Bangladesh on Thursday. Since there is no separate outdoor training facility available at this stadium on the outskirts of Pune, spectators may see players practice without any obstructions thanks to the open nets on the side pitches of the main plaza. It provided a chance for a few onlookers and volunteers to witness the training as well.
Shubman Gill, one of the first players to leave the locker room, made the decision to survey the playing area first. Gill continued, maybe excited to envision his strategy for the game.Gill continued to play some shadow batting, perhaps trying to picture how he will approach the situation on game day. After feeling the pitch with his hands, he continued shadow-batting from the other end.


Following that, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, the captain, and Gill began to work at the nets. Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, and Kuldeep Yadav were the first opponents Sharma faced. Gill had to contend with Hardik Pandya as well as throwdowns from Nuwan Seneviratne and batting coach Vikram Rathour. The net bowlers presented the biggest challenge for Kohli.
One advantage of the open nets was the flexibility to play huge shots. In his encounters with the net bowlers, Kohli didn’t waste any time, striding out and launching a couple balls into the mostly empty bleachers. After Kohli finished, Ravindra Jadeja entered the net for some similarly significant hits.
With the competition still going strong, these online sessions essentially aid in bringing a positive vibe to a match.

Rhythm plays a significant part. Prior to the match against Pakistan, Sharma said, “Momentum is what it is termed if you think of it in other ways. The bowlers put on outstanding performances. As soon as seamers or spinners had the chance to put pressure on the batsmen, they did so. Every batsman has scored runs, I’ll add. In my opinion, the rhythm is crucial. Each athlete is moving with excellent rhythm. And it’s always great to have that kind of momentum and assurance before a World Cup game.

Shami, who has not yet participated in this World Cup, appeared to be in good flow throughout his 20-minute stint. He hit the bat a few times, so he must be hungry for another opportunity. To keep their players fresh in a campaign this long, India may decide to make changes against Bangladesh.
After his batting stint, Sharma used his occasional off-breaks against Hardik Pandya while Gill practiced slip catching before a second batting stint later in the evening. The all-around player undoubtedly enjoyed it and even took to the air a few times.

Shakib trains with the bats

The good news for Bangladesh is that their skipper, Shakib Al Hasan, batted for almost 40 minutes on Tuesday afternoon during practice. Shakib’s availability for the game against India has been questioned due to a quadriceps injury sustained in the team’s previous encounter on Friday against New Zealand. However, his time batting in the nets indicates he should be fit for the game.Despite getting hurt while taking a run, he still managed to score 40 runs and take a wicket in his remaining 10 overs.

The adage’s continued relevance is undeniably attested by a peek at India’s current athletic scene. In this case, soccer is partially an exception, but cricket monopolizes public attention and the resulting financial rewards while the other sports are treated like stepchildren. The amount of passion in cricket in India may be seen in headlines like “The Dream of a Billion Comes True,” which a prestigious Bengali daily carried on its front page after the Indian cricket team won a Test series.

So how did cricket—and specifically the Indian cricket team—become the most important medium for the widespread expression of Indian nationalism? By comparing the history of the national cricket team with that of all-India teams in other well-known sports like football and hockey, this essay will seek to offer an answer. Here, it will be seen how cricket was able to stay up with India’s various national concerns while the other sports gradually lagged behind.

It is possible to single out 1926 as the year of the first significant fusion of cricket as a pastime and cricket as a nationalist claim. At that point, it was looking more and more likely that an Indian cricketing constellation would emerge. This was due to the fact that, by the middle of the 1920s, the idea of an Indian country was finally taking shape both in the political sphere and on the cricket field. The Purna Swaraj resolution was passed by the Indian National Congress in 1929.

It demanded total political independence for the entire nation from the British; in order to realize this demand, Mahatma Gandhi started the Civil Disobedience Movement in 1930. Compared to the conflicts of 1905 and 1921, this one was unquestionably more “national” in character. The peasants, which makes up the vast majority of the Indian population, participated fully in the nationalist effort for the first time under the unifying leadership of a single party. All around the nation, a million of them actively courted arrest. More impressively, Indian women participated in this conflict in a previously unheard-of way and suffered with their male counterparts.



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