INDIA has officially packed up and taken to the hills.
Captain Virat Kohli led his beleaguered team out to camp in the wilderness on Monday following their first Test calamity against Australia in a desperate bid to “find themselves”.
According to team insiders, the whole purpose of the bizarre hiking expedition is to get the record 333-run loss out of their system and keep their minds free, rather than spend time focusing on what actually went wrong.
Trying to find a quiet place in the world’s second-most populous country requires going to extreme lengths and with the team under fire from ex-players and the local media, India had to skip town and trek 80km into no man’s land to get away.
It’s not the first time India has opted against hitting the training paddock after an embarrassing defeat after they were exposed go-karting in Perth instead of spending some much needed time in the nets back on the doomed 2011-12 tour.
Meanwhile, Australia got back to business and held a training session with squad members at the Pune cricket ground.
Whether he was hallucinating or speaking holistically, Kohli indicated from the top of the Western Ghats ranges that he is trying to keep his mind free from clutter.
India is at the back end of a long summer where they’ve played series against New Zealand, England and Bangladesh already – and there are fears they might be physically and mentally fried.
Online Source: The News