Xtra Time Web Desk: All eyes was on Deepak Chahar during the first training session of the Indian cricket team at the Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe. The all rounder is back with the Indian team after 6 months. Deepak was seen rolling his arms in the nets along with Mohammed Siraj and Prasidh Krishna. It was an optional training session with Shubman Gill and Ruturaj Gaikwad turning up for some batting practice at the nets. The three pacers in the side – Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj and Deepak Chahar were also present at the optional training session.
It was a good net session for the Indian cricketers under the watchful eyes of batting coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar. National Cricket Academy Director VVS Laxman has accompanied the side to Zimbabwe was not present in the team’. The former India cricketer will be the acting head coach for the tour of Zimbabwe as there is only a short turnaround time between the series and the Asia Cup starting on August 27 in the UAE.
The players boarded the flight to Harare in the wee hours on Saturday. KL Rahul is making a comeback in the Indian side after injury. He was also named as the captain of the side, replacing Shikhar Dhawan who was earlier named as the captain. For Rahul the tour will be very important as this will be his last chance to prepare himself for the forthcoming Asia Cup. Earlier this week Rahul replaced Shikhar Dhawan as captain for the series.