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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First Published on: July 18, 2014 11:06 pm
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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.
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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.
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            Dinesh Singh
            Jul 19, 2014 at 5:52 pm
            No wonder Virat Kohli has been flop on the ground.
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              Girish
              Jul 19, 2014 at 6:41 am
              who's paying for the non-playing and non-supporting staff?
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                chate l
                Jul 20, 2014 at 8:23 am
                munda bighad a ladki chakker me
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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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                    MEHWISH LADLI
                    Jul 18, 2014 at 7:44 pm
                    hm
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                      disqus_vuwa2MkyyH
                      Jul 19, 2014 at 4:39 pm
                      SPENT
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                        sendil
                        Jul 19, 2014 at 10:11 am
                        Looks like this Indian team is on a paid holiday with family and friends..
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                          Shreenivas Shivaram
                          Jul 19, 2014 at 4:11 am
                          No wonder Virat is a FLOP in England. Bollywood actresses like her are successful in wrecking the career of good players like Kolhi because they distract them. History has proven this right on several occasions. Kohli's recent performances that too after his affair with this lady is a proof...
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                            lookman
                            Jul 19, 2014 at 3:25 am
                            THE FUTURE BELOGS NOT TO THE PLAYERS OR THE COACHES BUT TO THE ACTORS AND ACTRESSES
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                              Subramanian Venkatraman
                              Jul 18, 2014 at 10:40 pm
                              No wonder Kohli's performance has been deteriorating fast!
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                                Congi
                                Jul 19, 2014 at 8:25 am
                                Virat is under performing since last few test matches , reason ???????
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                                  Pradyumna
                                  Jul 19, 2014 at 2:43 am
                                  Can't wonder the reason for Virat's poor performances in the recent times. Bollywood has always had a bitter effect on the cricketing fraternity.
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