Watch: Virat Kohli back in the groove after month-long break, hits the nets in Cape Town

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli is back to what he does best, time the ball from the middle of bat.The 29-year-old, who was on a month-long break from international cricket after leading India to a 3-0 win in the Test series against Sri Lanka, hit the nets in Cape Town on Saturday along with the rest of his teammates.The Delhi dasher captain ended the year as world No. 1 in ODIs world No.2 in Tests and world No.3 in Twenty20 Internationals.ALSO WATCH: SPORTS TODAYBCCI posted a video on Twitter where Kohli could be seen knocking the ball around in the team’s practice session.Getting into the groove is #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli BCCI (@BCCI) December 30, 2017Kohli, along with Cheteshwar Pujara were among the first to get out on the field for the training [email protected] all set to hit the nets #TeamIndia BCCI (@BCCI) December 30, 2017The Indian team won’t be playing any practice matches before the first Test and has instead opted for training sessions.Although, the BCCI did not give any reason officially for dropping the warm-up match, it is understood the request was made by the team management well in advance.The board was told that the team management preferred to focus on training on their own, as soon as the Indian team lands in South Africa on December 28.Kohli and his team had boarded their flight from Mumbai post midnight on Wednesday after attending the captain’s wedding reception with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma at the St. Regis hotel on December 26.advertisementIndia are all set to play a series of three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is starting from January 5.India have never won a series in South Africa but rest assured the current team under Kohli is probably the strongest to travel abroad in recent years and has a big opportunity to come home with a series win under their belt.India however, have been dealt with a big blow even before the first ball is bowled as opener Shikhar Dhawan is a doubtful starter for the first Test. The Southpaw was seen limping while entering the Team India hotel in Mumbai.Dhawan has picked up an ankle injury and was seen with a heavily strapped left-ankle on Wednesday. He was accompanied by physio Patrick Farhart and has undergone for an MRI scan.KL Rahul will open the innings alongside Murali Vijay is Dhawan fails to get fit before the first Test at Newlands.India’s last tour was in Australia in 2014-15. Even though India lost the series 2-0, the team under Kohli showed the world that it was capable of winning Test matches away from home.India have not looked back since and have won nine successive Test series and that too with ease.last_img read more