Team India will kick-start their UK tour with a T20I series against Ireland on 27th June.
Indian team is set to begin their three-month long tour to United Kingdom, where they’re scheduled to play international matches against Ireland and England. While India plays a two-match T20I series against Ireland, the men in blue will face England in three T20Is, three ODIs and five test matches.
For such a long tour, team India is keen to keep the mood light in their camp. And Hardik Pandya took the responsibility to ensure entertainment for all the players and staff while on the flight towards London.
The Indian all-rounder can be seen walking around with a microphone in a video uploaded by BCCI. He firstly interviews Virat Kohli, who insists on the boys to have fun on the tour.
“I have gone to England a few times before. Yes, I am going to show [the team] around. Especially, KL [Rahul]. He has never been to England with the team. So I am going show these boys around, make sure they are nice, chilled out relaxed when we play. Really looking forward to the tour,” said Virat.
Hardik then proceeded to have a laugh with other staff members and players like Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Rohit Sharma, before finally reaching India’s former captain and wicketkeeper, MS Dhoni.
Dhoni tells Pandya off
When it was time for MS Dhoni to face the ‘verbal volleys’ of Hardik, Dhoni subtly tells him to not disturb him, as he was glued to his back seat. Pandya silently obliges and proceeds to Shikhar Dhawan. As Pandya moves on, Dhoni laughs at him along with other teammates.
See their interaction here –
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 26, 2018
Team India has reached London and participated in their first practice session. BCCI posted a video of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina, amongst other players in an intense practice session ahead of the match against Ireland.