After a grueling campaign in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for over two months, Team India’s cricketers are busy with their away matches against Australia. The players, including captain Virat Kohli, landed in Sydney on Thursday 12 November, where they would undergo a training-cum-quarantine period on the outskirts of the city for 14 days.
With Australian stars like Steve Smith, Pat Cummins And David Warner, the Indian players arrived late in the afternoon and were taken to Sydney Olympic Park. Earlier, the New South Wales government had allowed Indian cricketers to be quarantined and trained. Blacktown International Sports Park has been converted into a bio-safe space for training purposes.
Virat Kohli did special treatment
Meanwhile, as reported by The Telegraph, Kohli is ready for some special treatment. The Indian team will stay at the Pullman Hotel for the next few weeks. The hotel was also a base for the popular rugby side New South Wales Blues, who have moved to other hotels. Kohli will be provided with a special penthouse suite where Australian veteran Brad Fitter usually resides.
Kohli will not be a part of the entire tour as he will leave for Australia after the day-night test at the Adelaide Oval starting on 17 December. After the ODIs and T20Is, the 32-year-old will not be a part. Three Test matches in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to be with his wife Anushka Sharma, who is due to give birth to their first child in the month of January.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) allowed him to go on paternity leave. Before the beginning of 2020 IPL, Kohli grew beans on his wife’s pregnancy. Subsequently, he headed to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for his IPL trip with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), who pulled out of the tournament after the loss at the Eliminator.
As far as India’s tour of Australia is concerned, it is to begin with the opening ODI at Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday, 27 November. Between international games, India will also participate in two warm-up matches against Australia A.