Bonding over music: Anil Kumble brings refreshing change to India's tour preparations with jamming session

PTI, Jul, 03 2016

Bengaluru: New coach Anil Kumble has brought a refreshing change in preparations of the Indian cricket team as the members had a unique team bonding session with acclaimed actor-musician Vasundhara Das's group 'Drumjam'.

In a what can be termed as a first in Indian cricket team's team bonding exercise, the senior players along with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the 'A' team players like Varun Aaron enjoying a jam session, where they were all seen playing drums with Vasundhara and his musical group.

Indian cricket team during a bonding session before the West Indies tour. BCCI

Indian cricket team during a bonding session before the West Indies tour. BCCI

BCCI released a picture of the Indian team members enjoying a musical session with Vasundhara, who has also acted in critically acclaimed films like Hey Ram (with Kamal Hassan) and Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding.

What the Indian team did today was called 'Drum Circle'.

It is an activity where "a group of people seated in a circle, plays drums together".

'Drum Circle' is considered to be a rhythm based activity, which is a "great way to communicate, team building, transcending barriers, improves group communication and harmony, a sense of belonging, stress-relief, discovering creativity, Energising participants, Improving focus".

The initiative was an extension to the various team building activities that Kumble has introduced, including 'Buddy Project', where players are split into groups of two with a senior player explaining his experiences in the cut-throat world of international cricket to a junior player.

Published Date: Jul 03, 2016 | Updated Date: Jul 03, 2016



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115