Many teams play football to warm-up in their training session. India also play football in training sessions and even on match days to warm their bodies before taking field. On Thursday, however, football was nowhere seen as the Indian cricket team opted for an unusual drill in Johannesburg. Ahead of the second Test against South Africa, India took to the nets at the Centurion were seen doing a drill which included tucking the training bibs behind your back and then trying to save it from the player going after it. In a video posted by ANI on their Twitter handle, Indian cricket team players are seen receiving instructions by fielding coach R Sridhar about the drill.
Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin and others are seen in the video, participating in the drill. Though it is not clear what the drill is used for, but most of the Indian players were part of this. What appears from the video is that the players with no bibs tucked need to pull out the bibs of the other players who try and continuously exchange the bibs so that no one can take it.
— ANI (@ANI) 11 January 2018
India will play South Africa in the second Test which begins at the Centurion on Saturday, January 13. India lost the first Test in Cape Town by 72 runs to trail 0-1 in the three-match series.
The Test was in India’s control as they needed only 208 runs to win the game but a batting collapse saw them being bowled out for 135 and lose the game.
— BCCI (@BCCI) 11 January 2018
The second Test will be a chance for India to level the series and take it to the third game in Port Elizabeth. India have never won a Test series in South Africa.