Tuesday’s penultimate practice before the third and final ODI against the West Indies at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad was hindered by rain that played hide and seeks, but Sanju Samson kept everyone in good spirits with his lighthearted banter. As has often occurred during this ODI series, the moment Team India arrived at the location prepared to get some good practice, the sky suddenly opened up. The Indian team, who has already secured the three-match ODI series by winning the first two games, seemed unfazed by this.
In a video that journalist Vimal Kumar uploaded to his YouTube account, Samson, a wicketkeeper and batsman, is shown as taking the initiative to lighten the atmosphere. Samson scored his first fifty in this style of play in the second ODI, helping India’s effort to reach the 312-run mark. Since the right-hander will not be playing in the five-match T20I series beginning on July 29, he will want to make the most of his last chance to impress the selectors before returning home.
The roster for the T20I leg now includes regular skipper Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, and Harshal Patel, who were all absent for the ODI series. The rest of the cricketers were present during the training session on Tuesday, except for Rohit and Pant.
Before the third ODI, Paddy Upton, a mental fitness specialist who had been a key member of the support staff during India’s World Cup-winning run in 2011, joined the squad. He will remain with the group till this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
Resuming the training session, after the rain stopped, Ashwin, Karthik, Harshal Patel, and the others performed some fundamental physical exercises. However, just as they were about to advance, the rain started up again, forcing them to use the indoor nets.
Samson kept the others occupied with his tales while Pandya, Shubman Gill, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar spent some time batting and bowling in the indoor nets. The Shikhar Dhawan-led team was generally upbeat.