The Indian squad touched down in England on the evening of May 22 in the quest for their 3rd World Cup title and they feel they have it in them to achieve that. Captain Virat Kohli’s men arrived a good 14 days ahead of their opening fixture at Southampton against South Africa on June the 5th. In the run-up to their opener, the Indian squad will have their hands full with a multitude of activities ranging from training and warm-up sessions, ICC workshops, meetings with the media, photo sessions and even a meeting with the Queen.
Having arrived in London, the team’s itinerary will be as follows:
MAY 23: A rest day for the players who will follow necessary protocols. Full-fledged meetings between the team managers and team. Detailed session of charting out daily activity over the next ten days and hearing out issues and concerns related to team.
MAY 24: The first full training session at the Oval. This will be followed by media interactions, photoshoots and workshops on the subjects of anti-corruption and anti-doping.
MAY 25: First warm-up game against New Zealand at the Oval starting 10.30hrs GMT
MAY 26: Departure to Cardiff, Wales by road. A rest interlude. Stock-taking of the warm-up game against New Zealand.
MAY 27: Training session at the Sophia Gardens cricket ground, Cardiff, followed by interaction between support staff, team and team management.
MAY 28: Second warm-up game against Bangladesh at Sophia Gardens starting 10.30hrs GMT
MAY 29: Team departs for Southampton. Virat Kohli will head for Buckingham Palace, London, where all captains of participating teams will meet with the Queen for high tea.
MAY 30: Rest in Southampton
MAY 31: Five-day long training session begins ahead of June 5 opener.
The Indian squad is as follows:
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C) [Batsmen]/ Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja [All-Rounders]/ MS Dhoni, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik [Wicket-keepers, Batsmen]/Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal [Bowlers].