PERTH: The decision to arrive early in Australia was all about acclimatization to the weather and playing conditions and the management of the Indian team are happy with how the players are adapting to the rebound and pace of the tracks ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Fourteen members of the Indian squad led by Rohit Sharma reached Australia nearly 20 days before their opening game of the T20 World Cup against rivals Pakistan on October 23 and have been busy preparing for the tournament on the WACA ground here.
The Indian players have undergone intense training, which includes endurance, hitting and bowling sessions at the net and on-court workouts.

The sessions took place under the watchful eye of head coach Rahul Dravid, batting coach Vikram Rathourbowling coach Paras Mambrey and field coach T Dilip.
“The focus was just on adapting to the conditions. We all knew the conditions in Australia would be different, especially the pace and the rebound which are different from the Indian surfaces. So the idea of ​​coming here early and spending time training here, you had to get used to these conditions and get used to the pace and rebound,” Rathour said in a video shared by BCCI on its Twitter page.

“The boys have worked really hard and I think everyone has volumes,” added Rathour.
In the video, Bowling Coach Mhambrey and Field Coach T Dilip also explained the drills from their respective departments.
“The rebound here in Australia is totally different to what the last games we’ve played here. So it gives a great opportunity for the bowlers to acclimate to the conditions, to the rebound from the wicket, to hit those pitches, what the pitches are that you want to achieve,” said Mhambrey.
“We were pretty happy with how the sessions went. I think we got what we wanted from the sessions and now we’re looking forward to the games.”

Fielding’s coach Dilip added: “On the first day what we wanted to achieve was to increase the intensity of the throws and also small catches. The most important factor is to move laterally, that is- i.e. over a shorter distance for less time.
“On Day 2 what we wanted to achieve on this open court is that we saw the wind becoming a factor so we did high catches with a softball so it wobbled a bit which gives the player a fair idea. And then we finished with a cricket ball so they had a real picture of exactly what was going on.”
India beat the Western Australia Cricket Association XI by 13 runs in their first practice match here on Monday.
The visitors will play another training match against the same opposition on October 13 before traveling to Brisbane for the two official warm-up matches against England and New Zealand.



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