India’s limited-overs squad led by Virat Kohli had departed for the extensive tour from Mumbai on Saturday. The team will stay in London for a short while before flying to Dublin for the two-match T20I series against Ireland.
Kohli had earlier posted an image of the squad members as they departed for London, writing, “Off we go, UK bound!”
Early on Sunday morning, the BCCI took to Twitter to post images of the team arriving in London.
India’s tour of the UK starts with the Ireland leg in which they will play the two T20Is at the Malahide Cricket Club at the Village in Dublin. The two matches will take place on June 27 and 29.
Upon the completion of the Ireland series, the team will fly back to England to kick-start the limited-overs series against Eoin Morgan’s men. The England leg of the tour will start with a three-match T20I series against the hosts. The three T20Is will be followed by as many ODIs following which the limited-overs stalwarts like MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina will return to India while Test specialists like Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane will join up with the rest of the squad in England.
India will then take on England in an eagerly anticipated five-match Test series which will get underway at Edgbaston on August 1. Kohli’s men will culminate their long tour with the final Test at the Oval in London which will start on September 7.
Rahul had a horror Test debut as he was out for three and one. As expected, he was low on confidence which didn’t escape the attention of Kohli’s partner Anushka. The couple decided to help Rahul during the tough time.
Talking about that period during an interview on chat show ‘Open House with Renil’, Rahul said: “Anushka could see I was down and dejected. She came to my room and said ‘we are not going to let you sit in the room alone. Me and Virat are going to take you out’. They shared their stories (of failure), which made me feel a lot better. We had a week’s break before the next game and every night they took me out.
“They are an amazing couple and have had a powerful influence on me as a person,” Rahul added.
India batsman Shikhar Dhawan posted a lengthy message on social media imploring people to be responsible human beings and respect animals’ right to live peacefully.
On Friday, Dhawan posted an image of a dog – which was being taken care of by his friend- on his Instagram account. Dhawan said the street dog was doing fine until it found its way out to the street on Thursday and lost its eye after being hit on the face.
Dhawan asked his fans to not only care for the well being of stray animals but all creatures. In a length message, translated to English here, Dhawan said: “I want to tell you that we should not hurt these creatures that cannot speak. If you can’t help anyone, then at least you shouldn’t hurt them. For the sake of humanity, we should respect all creatures. They are living things, they also feel pain.”
Dear friends, Mere ek dost ne is street dog ko apnaya hua hai aur uski bahut dekhbaal karta hai. Kal jab yeh baahar tha toh kisi ne iski ek aankh phodh di. Yeh bahut dukh ki baat hai. Yeh baat bata kar mein aapse yeh hi kehna chahata hoon ki hume is tara in bejubaan jeevo ko nahi sataana chahiye. Agar aap kisi ka bhala nahi kar sakte, toh aapko kisi ka nuksaan bhi nahi pahuchaana chahiye. Ek insaaniyat ke naate bhi hume street dog sahit har jeev ka sammaan karna chahhiye. Woh bhi jeev hai, unko bhi dard hota hai. Is liye haath jod kar meri aapse yeh hi request hai ki aap is cheez ka sada dhyan rakhe aur sabhi jaanvaro ki dekhbaal kare. Woh bhi humari zindagi ka ek hissa hai. Unka bhi jeene ka utna hi haq banta hai jitna humara ya kisi aur ka. Thank you.
Earlier, Pakistan legend Shahid Afridi had posted a brief message on Twitter, asking his followers to take care of all animals.
Dhawan, along with the Indian team, departed for a long tour of Ireland and England.