Fans React to 'James Anderson' with India WTC Team
In an exciting development for cricket fans around the world, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) unveiled Team India's new training kit on Thursday. The timing of this release couldn't be more perfect, as it comes just ahead of the highly anticipated World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and Australia, set to begin on June 7, 2023, at the iconic Kennington Oval in London.
With the Indian players and the support staff, led by the esteemed head coach Rahul Dravid, already in England to prepare for the final, the unveiling of the new training kit added to the buzz and excitement surrounding the upcoming clash. The players were seen sporting the vibrant new kit, showcasing their team spirit and determination to bring the championship trophy home.
However, amidst the celebratory mood, there was one picture that caught the attention of netizens across social media platforms. The image, which initially appeared to feature England's veteran pacer, James Anderson, turned out to be none other than Soham Desai, India's strength and conditions coach.
The uncanny resemblance between Desai and Anderson sparked a series of playful and humorous comments from fans. Some even jokingly suggested that the BCCI had made a surprising decision to appoint Anderson as the bowling coach. The image quickly became a viral sensation, with fans expressing their amusement and surprise.
Meanwhile, the first batch of Indian players, including the likes of Virat Kohli, Mohammed Siraj, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Axar Patel, and Shardul Thakur, has already arrived in England. The early arrival of these players aims to provide them with ample time to acclimatize to the English conditions, a crucial aspect of their preparation for the highly competitive final.
Before the spotting of the coach, there were reports of changes with the squad and scheduling plans released.
This will be the second consecutive appearance for the Indian team in the World Test Championship final. In the previous cycle, they faced New Zealand but unfortunately fell short of claiming the title. Determined to make amends, the Indian squad is now gearing up to go head-to-head with Australia, aiming to emerge victorious this time around.
As for the rest of the Indian players, their departure for England is scheduled after the highly anticipated Indian Premier League (IPL) final, taking place on May 28, 2023, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The outcome of the second qualifier between the Gujarat Titans and Mumbai Indians will determine which team will face the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL final, after which the remaining Indian players will join the team in England.
The stage is set for an enthralling battle as Team India, donning their new training kit, prepares to face Australia in the WTC final. Cricket enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await the showdown between these two formidable teams, each determined to claim the prestigious title.
With the excitement surrounding the game and the unexpected social media buzz, the cricketing world is abuzz with anticipation, making this event a highlight of the cricket calendar in 2023.