The Indian cricket team is set to undergo a rigorous training regimen in Nagpur ahead of their upcoming Test series against Australia. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has arranged for five full-fledged training sessions in Nagpur, with two of them being held at the venue of the first Test match, the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium. The remaining sessions will be held at the old VCA Ground, where special arrangements have been made for the Indian team.
According to a senior BCCI official, the five days of training in Nagpur will serve as a good opportunity for the team to practice with the red ball, as well as for them to engage in a fitness camp. Team captain Rohit Sharma and the Test players will assemble in Nagpur on February 2 and will be guided by former Indian cricket star Rahul Dravid.
In addition to the sessions at the VCA Stadium, the Indian team will also have three closed-door training sessions at the Civil Lines Ground, which is known to be in excellent condition despite the lack of international cricket. The team will also have two more practice sessions at the centre wicket before the start of the Test match.
The upcoming Test series is a crucial one for India, as they must win either 2-0 or 3-1 to qualify for the World Test Championship (WTC) final in June. The absence of Jasprit Bumrah is a significant blow for the Indian team, but they will be looking to make up for it with a strong performance in Nagpur. The first Test of the series will begin on February 9, with the last two Tests scheduled for the first two weeks of March.