The Indian cricket team had their first practice session at a ground close to Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Thursday in preparation for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand. It was the first time the players were allowed to gather for practice after the quarantine period the players had to be in after arriving in the UK, reported PTI.

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The WTC fina is set to commence on June 18. "We have had our first group training session and the intensity was high Fire. #TeamIndia's preparations are on in full swing for the #WTC21 Final”, wrote the BCCI on Twitter, along with video clips of their training.

Players such as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant were in the nets for a long time, facing throw-downs. The bowlers Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma also participated in the training session, reported PTI.

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Following batting and bowling drills, a fielding session was conducted by the fielding coach R Sridhar, focusing mostly on slip catching. Earlier, players were only allowed to practice individually in given time slots, to maintain COVID-19 protocols. The players were then allowed to come out of their hotel rooms. They were also provided with basic equipments in their rooms for workout purposes.

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