Team India left for Australia for the 20-20 World Cup from Mumbai on Thursday. Following the team’s departure, the Indian Cricket Board posted a video on Twitter showing the final moments of the ‘Men-in-Blue’ before getting on the flight to Australia.
In the video, the Indian team can be seen getting all dressed up to board the flight. The entire squad also posed together for a picture before taking off. Players such as Ravichandran Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh and Yuzvendra Chahal were seen signing autographs for the fans in the hotel lobby. There was also a special cake prepared for Rohit Sharma’s men which was cut by Dinesh Karthik.
Watch the video here:
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 7, 2022
The 20-20 World cup will begin on October 16 with the qualifying round matches, and then the Super 12s will kick off on October 22. India will play its first game against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 23 at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which will be a repeat of last year’s 20-20 World Cup opener for both teams.
Team India arrive early in Australia to get used to the conditions before the World Cup
The Indian team has left two weeks before the start of their World Cup campaign to get acclimatized to the Australian conditions well in advance. At least half of the Indian players selected for the mega event haven’t had the experience of playing in Australia before. The early arrival of the team will definitely help them to get used to the conditions.
India will land in Perth and will have a week-long camp there. After that, they will travel to Brisbane, where they will play their two warm-up matches against hosts and defending champions Australia on October 17 and last year’s runner-up New Zealand on October 19.
The Indian Cricket Board is yet to announce a replacement for the injured Jasprit Bumrah, who has been ruled out of the upcoming marquee event due to a back injury. Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, and Ravi Bishnoi, along with Mohammed Shami, will also travel to Australia next week after the conclusion of the ODI series against South Africa. The quartet have been selected as the four reserve players for the 20-20 World Cup.