New Delhi: Rohit Sharma-led Indian cricket team arrived in Brisbane on Saturday ahead of their T20 World Cup 2022 warm up matches. Rohit Sharma-led Indian contingent left for Australia on 6th October and were stationed in Australia ever since then. India has so far played two practice matches against Western Australia in Perth, organised by the BCCI. During their time in Perth, the team practiced fiercely to adapt to Australian conditions and weather before its highly-anticipated match against Pakistan on 23rd October. Now, the Indian team has reached Brisbane, where they will play two warm-up matches, organised by the ICC, against New Zealand and Australia before start of T20 World Cup 2022 league stage. The Indian players, especially Virat Kohli, were seen having a lot of fun on their arrival at Brisbane Airport.
Team India will lock horns with Australia in their warm-up game on October 17 before clashing against New Zealand on October 19.
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Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain, on Saturday attended a traditional press conference where captains of all teams playing T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia interacted with media.
Speaking during media interaction, Rohit gave an update on Mohammed Shami, who was included in Indian squad as Jasprit Bumrah’s replacement.
“Shami had COVID two-three weeks ago. He was called to the NCA then, he worked hard for the last 10 days and he is in Brisbane. He will practice with us tomorrow,” Rohit said.
“Whatever we have heard on his recovery is positive. He did three four bowling sessions with full intensity. We have made a lot of effort to do player management over the last 12 months but injuries happen. If you see, whoever has come into the squad, he has got matches under his belt.” Bumrah was ruled out of the tournament with a back injury, leaving a big hole in the bowling department. While the batting has come a long way in the last one year, bowling remains the team’s weak link.
“Bumrah is a quality bowler. We spoke to a lot of specialists about his (back) injury but the response was not very positive. World Cup is important but his career is more important, he is only 27-28.
“We could not have risked playing him here, that is what the specialists also said. We will miss him,” said Rohit.