Team India kicks off preparations for Zimbabwe ODIs under VVS Laxman tutelage see pics

A day after arriving in Zimbabwe, the players of the Indian team have started their preparations under the supervision of the head coach of this tour, VVS Laxman. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has posted some pictures of Team India’s first practice session on Twitter on Sunday evening (August 14). The first match of the three-match ODI series between the two teams is to be played on Thursday, August 18. After this, the next two matches will be held on August 20 and 22. All three matches of the ODI series will be played at Harare Sports Club.

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Many players also posed for the camera while enjoying their first practice on the Zimbabwe tour. This series will see the return of Deepak Chahar, who has returned to the national team for the first time since February. The bowling all-rounder had since been walking away from action due to injury.

Team India’s regular coach Rahul Dravid has been rested from the Zimbabwe tour. In his absence, VVS Laxman is the head coach of the Indian team on the Zimbabwe tour. Dravid will accompany the players to the United Arab Emirates for the Asia Cup 2022, starting August 27. KL Rahul, who is set to captain the Indian team against Zimbabwe, along with Deepak Hooda and Avesh Khan will leave for the UAE after the end of the ODI series.

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Rahul’s name was not in the team earlier and after being declared fit, he was included in the team and then the captaincy was also handed over. At the same time, Washington Sundar is not set to play in the series as he was injured while fielding for Lancashire in the Royal London One-Day Cup. There is no official statement about their availability yet. The Indian team is on Zimbabwe tour for the first time since 2016. The Indian team last toured Zimbabwe under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. KL Rahul made his ODI debut from that series and became the first Indian to score a century in ODI debut.

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