In a refreshing change of pace, the Indian cricket team led by captain Rohit Sharma, had some fun playing a game of beach volleyball during their tour of the Caribbean islands. As the team arrived in Barbados for their all-format series against the West Indies, the players and backroom staff took some time off to enjoy a friendly game on the sandy shores.
“Touchdown Caribbean! Ishan Kishan takes over the camera to shoot #TeamIndia’s beach volleyball session in Barbados How did Ishan – the cameraman – do behind the lens,” the BCCI captioned the video.
The camaraderie among the players was on full display as they soaked up the sun and engaged in a light-hearted volleyball match. Mohammed Siraj sported a Cristiano Ronaldo 7 kit from Portugal, while Virat Kohli shared a fist bump with head coach Rahul Dravid. Ishan Kishan, known for his energetic and lively nature, took charge of boosting team morale, cheering from the sidelines and shouting words of encouragement.
The Indian team’s strength and conditioning coach, Soham Desai, expressed gratitude to the team management for allowing the players two days to acclimatize and overcome jetlag before beginning their rigorous training schedule. Desai referred to the beach volleyball session as a “light NEC recreation day” in a recently released video by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The upcoming tour in the Caribbean, starting on July 12th, will feature ten matches played in five different venues: Dominica, Port of Spain, Barbados, Guyana, and Florida. The tour includes two Test matches, three One Day Internationals (ODIs), and five Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). Led by their dynamic captain, the Indian squad aims to continue their winning streak and leave their mark in the Caribbean.
The tour begins with a captivating Test series at Windsor Park in Dominica and concludes with a highly anticipated T20I series in Lauderhill, Florida, with matches in various iconic venues in between. Fans can expect intense battles and exciting cricketing action throughout the tour.
India’s tour of the West Indies holds great significance as it marks their first visit to the Caribbean since 2019 when they remained unbeaten across formats. With less than 100 days remaining for the ODI World Cup, which will be hosted in India, the team will be looking to fine-tune their skills and find the right balance ahead of the prestigious tournament.