Dhoni Co opt not to train for the third successive day

Dhoni Co opt not to train  for the third successive day

Call it either over confidence or prudence, Indian cricketers have taken a break of three days -- including their two-hour travel day on Friday following the match against South Africa in Cardiff -- ahead of their Group ‘B’ clash against the West Indies here at The Oval on Monday.

It’s a normal practice not to train the next day after the match, especially when the team is travelling to another venue. Since the days of Gary Kirsten, India have inculcated a routine of optional practice wherein only a part of the team turns up at the ground. Those players usually include that would have missed out on the previous game. Occasionally, players who are out of form or those who like to be in the thick of things, especially when the weather is conducive, grind it out on rest days too.

Surely, they will not become any better than that they are already with an extra day or two of practice, nor will they get any worse if they skip training for a day or two to keep their minds fresh. But not hitting the ground for three consecutive days probably has to be the first instance in a long time. In 2007-08 tour of Australia, the Anil Kumble-led side took time off training to regroup after the Monkey-gate scandal and again Down Under in 2011-12, MS Dhoni and company opted to relax to overcome the disappointment of successive defeats. 

With a big win in their opening encounter, the Indian contingent here preferred to have an ‘intense’ gym and pool session on Sunday while the West Indies took the field in full strength a day after their narrow win over Pakistan. “I don’t know about the Indian team, but I know everything about the West Indies’ team,” said Marlon Samuels when asked what he had to say about Indians not practicing.

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