Members of the Indian cricket team seem to be utilising the break between the second and third Test against Australia quite well, if one takes a look at their recent activities posted on social media. Having come off the back of a series-levelling win in Bengaluru earlier this week, they deserve that break for now.
Leading Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin shared an image of him trekking through a forest in an unnamed location along with the likes of Abhinav Mukund, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha and Karun Nair.
Going away from the battle is equally important as staying in it. pic.twitter.com/A6EbpdUxV2
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) March 10, 2017
"Going away from the battle is equally important as staying in it," were the words by Ashwin, who won the Dilip Sardesai Award in the recently-concluded BCCI Awards, in a post on Twitter. It was a completely different scenario for India captain Virat Kohli, who was sitting at home and going through a 'detox' following the win in Bengaluru.
Kohli is currently embroiled in a controversy after the Australian press accused him and head coach Anil Kumble of bad behaviour during the Bengaluru Test, which also witnessed the DRS 'brain fade' involving Australian skipper Steve Smith. With tension escalating between the Board and Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) over the recent events, one that borders the magnitude of the 2008 'Monkeygate' controversy, detoxing perhaps is something that Kohli would require after all.
The two sides clash again in the third match on 16 March at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi, which will be the first-ever Test hosted at the home town of World Cup-winning India captain MS Dhoni. While the Indian selectors are yet to announce the squad for the remaining Tests, Australia had to contend themselves with the losses of Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Marsh to injuries, with Pat Cummins and Marcus Stoinis getting drafted into the visitors' squad as their replacements.