Team India led by Virat Kohli landed in Johannesburg on Thursday, December 16, for their upcoming series against South Africa. India will play three Test matches followed by three ODIs in the rainbow nation. The Kohli-led side are looking for their maiden Test series win against the Proteas.
The BCCI shared photos of Virat Kohli Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, head coach Rahul Dravid, KL Rahul, Ishant Sharma, Rishabh Pant, and Mohammed Siraj, all-rounder Shardul Thakur and fast bowler Umesh Yadav all masked up.
Virat Kohli Joking With Ishant Sharma
The BCCI also shared a clip of Virat Kohli teasing Ishant Sharma in the flight while capturing the mood of the other players in the plane as well.
From Mumbai to Jo'Burg! 👍 👍
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 2021
Kohli first tried to speak to Ishant Sharma in Tamil, with some prompting from Ravichandran Ashwin. The ace batter then explored Ishant’s bag where he found footwear, a cap, a shaker, and shorts.
“You call this a bag. This man can run away to any corner of this world at this point in time. Everything he needs is there in this bag. Wow….the bag is like a fire. I’ve seen a bag like this for the first time. Anyone with this bag can holiday in any part of the world.”
Puji, Rahane enjoying their last OS tour pic.twitter.com/ltX6e4XIHc
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The likes of Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane also seemed to enjoy their journey. The Indian head coach Rahul Dravid had a smile on his face and was seen talking to Iyer as well.
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After landing in Johannesburg, Rishabh pant gave a glimpse of how the journey was for the Indian players.
“I think it was a quite nice experience for us. We landed in Johannesburg now. Since I have entered this place, I have been looking at the beauty. You can see the pond, you can see the birds, there are so many things to explore. Everyone’s looking forward to walking around, looking for the quiet, nicer places. Looking forward to having a good time with the boys and looking to enjoy the series” Risabh Pant said.
India’s Full Schedule Of South Africa Series
1st Test: December 26 to 30 – Centurion – 1:30 PM IST
2nd Test: January 3 to 7 – Johannesburg – 1:30 PM
3rd Test: January 11 to 15 – Cape Town – 2:00 PM
1st ODI: January 19, Wednesday – Paarl – 2:00 PM
2nd ODI: January 21, Friday – Paarl – 2:00 PM
3rd ODI: January 23, Sunday – Cape Town – 2:00 PM