In India’s jumbo touring party, the ‘G’ in WAGs too

Accompanying the squad are, for the 1st time, WAGs — including not just wives, but a girlfriend too.

Written by Sandeep Dwivedi | London | Updated: July 19, 2014 3:51 am
In a departure from the past, Virat Kohli has been allowed to have girlfriend Anushka Sharma around.  In a departure from the past, Virat Kohli has been allowed to have girlfriend Anushka Sharma around.

For their two-and-a-half month road trip, the longest away assignment in recent times, the Indians have landed in England with a jumbo tour party. Maybe, a bit too big.

During the first Test, at the Nottingham team hotel, 21 rooms were occupied by the non-playing members of this traveling group.

Accompanying the 18-member squad, an unprecedentedly high number, are coaches, managers, logistics staff, helping hands, children and, for the first time, WAGs — including not just wives, but a girlfriend too.

But more about the ‘G’ in WAG soon.

Considering this is a five-match series squeezed into 42 days, a majority of the 15-member support staff are specialists to take care of exhausted bodies or the walking wounded. Local hands have been hired to help the team’s regular ‘body caretakers’ Evan Speechly (physio), Ramesh Mane (masseur), and Amit Shah (sports masseur).

Ball thrower Raghavindra continues to travel with the Indian team in the post-Gary Kirsten era. Then, there are trainers, assistant coaches, a computer analyst, and Rahul Dravid, the team’s batting consultant. Plus, there is the team bus driver, luggage in-charge and security staff, all of them making for a crowded contingent.

Among the family members of the cricketers on this tour are Vijay’s wife Nikita and son Naveen. The team’s fielding coach had his wife, son and daughter at the team hotel at Nottingham. Cheteshwar Pujara is traveling with his wife, and so is Gautam Gambhir, who also has his three-month-old daughter with him.

In a departure from the past, Virat Kohli has been allowed to have girlfriend Anushka Sharma around. While the team management didn’t comment on the issue, it was learnt that Kohli has got the BCCI’s permission. A cricketer in the company on a Bollywood actress, as a rule, attracts an army of onlookers with autograph books and cameras. No wonder there is quite a crowd around this Indian team.

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    Bheja Fry
    Aug 15, 2014 at 9:30 am
    And we all knew much before the tour started that he will fail for this very reason. All his attention is around Ms. Platypus aka hka Sharma. He will never recover as long as she's around!
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    Guest
    Jul 19, 2014 at 1:56 pm
    Indian team is on a paid holiday with WAGS..No wonder India can not play any sport failures of the Nation.
    Reply
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    Uma Bhosale
    Jul 19, 2014 at 6:42 pm
    Virat ko girlfriend se jyada apni batting pe focus karana chahiye..... aur waise bhi kha is not right person for virat.....jab se kha hai virat ke sath tab se virat ne koi acchi pari kheli nahi hai... the sense kha is not right person for virat.......so virat pls focus first carrier ..... bad me girlfriend
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    Karthi Karthi
    Jul 19, 2014 at 3:28 am
    THAT'S WHY VIRAT KOHLI IS NOT PERFORMING WELL IN THE PRESENT ENGLAND TOUR. ONLY FOR SIGHT SEEING TOUR.
    Reply
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    Dinesh Singh
    Jul 19, 2014 at 5:52 pm
    No wonder Virat Kohli has been flop on the ground.
    Reply
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    Girish
    Jul 19, 2014 at 6:41 am
    who's paying for the non-playing and non-supporting staff?
    Reply
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    chate l
    Jul 20, 2014 at 8:23 am
    munda bighad a ladki chakker me
    Reply
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    Nikhil Talwar
    Jul 19, 2014 at 10:56 am
    Bhai- virat play your cricket game not honeymoon game
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