Ahead of their Sunday World Cup match against the Netherlands, Team India had an extravagant Diwali celebration in Bengaluru. Watch the festivities in the video here.
Team India will be occupied with their on-field responsibilities on Diwali as they face the Netherlands in the final league match of the World Cup 2023 on Sunday. However, they did partake in a cheerful celebration a day prior on Saturday.
The players, accompanied by their families, enthusiastically joined in the festivities, creating a joyful atmosphere. Check out the video below to witness the celebrations.
Virat Kohli made his entrance at the party accompanied by wife Anushka Sharma, while Rohit Sharma arrived with his wife Ritika Sajdeh and their daughter Samaira. Ravindra Jadeja and his wife Rivaba were also in attendance, along with other players including Shubman Gill, Mohammed Shami, and Ishan Kishan.
IND vs NED Pitch Report
The M Chinnaswamy Stadium is well known as a batter’s paradise. The surface in Bangalore is seen as a true pitch, offering consistent bounce and carry, which helps batters trust the pitch and get going from ball one.
The sample size for the ground is large, with 30 ODIs played here. In these matches, the average first-inning score is 262. The sides chasing here have a slight advantage here, winning 15 of the 27 completed matches.
So far, four World Cup 2023 matches have been played here, depicting a conflicting pattern. The first and third games saw more than 600 runs scored in the match, while the second and fourth matches saw the team batting first get bundled out under 175.
Due to the batting-friendly pitch, short dimension of the ground, and 3-1 record in favour of the side chasing, the team that wins the toss may elect to bat second.
Shardul Thakur with by his wife Mitali Parulkar, was also present. The video shows Ishan Kishan playfully teasing Shubman and Shardul for donning identical kurtas with the same design, adding a lighthearted and fun touch to the celebration.
Head coach, Rahul Dravid, joined the festivities and extended his Diwali wishes to the players. Suryakumar Yadav was also present at the celebration. The pace trio of Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Siraj, took photographs together during the celebration.
Team India in prime form for semis
Having won in all eight of their World Cup matches thus far, India have secured a spot in the semi-finals where they will face New Zealand on November 15 in Mumbai. The Men in Blue will be aiming to maintain their unbeaten record by defeating the Netherlands in their final league match.