Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri lead India's Independence Day celebrations in London

Sudhir Gupta 15/08/2018
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Kohli and Shastri unfurled the Indian tricolour at the team hotel.

Skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri led the proceedings as the Indian cricket team celebrated the country’s Independence Day in London on Wednesday.

The team is currently locked in a battle with England in the five-match series and are preparing for the third Test at Trent Bridge which gets underway on Saturday.

As India celebrated its 72nd Independence day, Kohli and Shastri unfurled the tricolour at the Taj London on Wednesday.

In a video shared by the BCCI on Twitter, the captain and coach can be seen hoisting the Indian flag in the presence on the rest of the team and support staff.

The celebrations took place at the team hotel in London on Wednesday morning with the squad departing to Nottingham for the third Test later in the day.

The likes of Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah could be seen posing with the hoisted flag as they took to social media to wish all countrymen on the special day.

Here’s wishing everyone a very happy #IndependenceDay 🇮🇳 Jai Hind

A post shared by Ravi Shastri (@ravishastriofficial) on

India currently trail England by 2-0 in the series after tasting a 31-run defeat at Edgbaston before being humbled by an innings and 159 runs at Lord’s.

They will be hoping to make a much greater fist of it at Trent Bridge after their batting failures in the two Tests so far, where only skipper Kohli was able to put in a decent performance among the team’s specialist batsmen.

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Sam Curran (r) and brother Tom.

Northamptonshire signed batsman Ben Curran, brother of England internationals Sam and Tom, on a two-year contract.

Batsman Curran, 22, made his first-team debut for the Steelbacks against Derbyshire in the Vitality Blast last week.

Ben’s late father Kevin was former Northants captain and he is the middle brother to Tom and Sam, who have played for England.

If Ben does represent his country, the Currans will join a proud group of brothers to have played international cricket.

Here we take a look at five such cricketing siblings.

CHAPPELL BROTHERS

Ian was one of the finest players and captains produced by Australia. Scored more than 5,000 runs and took over a 100 catches. Became a world-famous writer and commentator. Brother Greg was an accomplished batsman who amassed more than 7,000 Test runs. Became a coach of repute, leading India before moving back to Australia. Trevor is unfortunately remembered for bowling an underarm delivery against New Zealand at the instruction of his captain Greg.

(l-r) Greg Chappell, Richard Hadlee and Ian Chappell.

(l-r) Greg Chappell, Richard Hadlee and Ian Chappell.

HADLEE BROTHERS

Richard is one of the greatest cricketers to have ever played the game, snaring 431 wicket sand scoring more than 3,000 Test runs. Carried New Zealand cricket on his shoulders for years. The Kiwi’s brother Barry played two ODIs, one of them at the 1975 World Cup. Dayle was a decent seam bowler, taking 71 wickets in 26 Tests.

MOHAMMAD BROTHERS

Hanif was one of the greatest batsmen produced by the subcontinent. He played 55 Tests from 1952 to 1970, averaging 43.98 and scoring 12 tons. Called the original ‘Little Master’. His brothers Mushtaq, Sadiq and Wazir all played Tests for Pakistan. Wazir played 20 Tests, Mushtaq 57 (3,643 runs, 79 wickets) and Sadiq 41 (2,579 runs).

The original 'Little Master' Hanif Mohammed with Sachin Tendulkar in Karachi in 2006.

The original ‘Little Master’ Hanif Mohammad with Sachin Tendulkar in Karachi in 2006.

JOYCE SIBLINGS

One of the most accomplished cricketing families. Ed has represented England in ODIs and is a Test cricketer for Ireland. Has scored six centuries in ODIs. His brother Dom has played three ODIs for Ireland while sister Cecilia has played 98 internationals for her country and Isobel more than a hundred including one Test.

GRACE BROTHERS

WG Grace, the grand old man of cricket. The Englishman played 22 Tests and scored more than a 1,000 runs in the late 1800s. Changed the way batsmen played the game, brought in crowds through his batting and made cricket in England a spectator sport. Brothers Edward and Fred played one Test each. Interestingly, all three brothers played in the same match against Australia at The Oval in 1880.

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Northamptonshire  batsman and brother of Sam and Tom Curran, Ben. Image: Northants/Twitter

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Pakistan team celebrate after winning the 2016 Lord's Test.

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7:00 am – India’s record at Trent Bridge

India won the Trent Bridge Test in 2007

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