Mumbai, 21 January Ajinkya Rahane, who led India to a historic Test series win against Australia under his captaincy, was greeted with red carpet when he arrived at his home in Matunga on Thursday.
By entering his society, Rahane takes his daughter Arya in his lap and slowly walks on the red carpet to the house. This red carpet was planted by the people living in his society, besides a life-size poster of Rahane on a pillar of the society’s building, which was written as Congress to Our Persistent Pillar.
A large number of people had gathered near Rahane’s house and were all showering flowers on him. Apart from this, drums and drums were also playing. People were happily chanting the slogan of Ala Re Ala Ajinkya Ala. Rahane’s wife Radhika Dhupavkar also walked on the red carpet.
Apart from Rahane, head coach Ravi Shastri, batsman Rohit Sharma, paceman Shardul Thakur, opener Prithvi Shaw also arrived in Mumbai on Thursday. Brisbane Test hero Rishabh Pant landed in New Delhi on Thursday morning. India beat Australia in the four match series 2 Defeated by -1.
Now the Indian team will play a long series with England, which will have four Tests, five ODIs and three T20 matches. Now the Indian players will submit in Chennai on 26 January, where they will be for the Test series with England from 2 February. Will start practice
According to the website Cricbuzz, the players who were not members of the team playing in Australia and have been selected in the team for the Test series with England, will reach Chennai on 23 January only. They include net bowlers and standby players.
Apart from the England team, the Indian players who reach Chennai will have to live in a bio bubble of seven days. The series is scheduled to be played from February 5, so Indian players will reach Chennai on January 26 to complete the bio bubble duration on February 26.
The website quoted an official of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association as saying, a hotel near Chepak Stadium has been booked for both teams. Players will be allowed to practice from February 2 after completing the durations of the bio bubble. The English team is currently playing a Test series in Sri Lanka.
A four-Test series is to be played between the two teams. All the matches of this series are to be held in Chennai only. After this, the five-match ODI series will be played. It will start from March 12 and all its matches are to be played at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. It is the largest stadium in the world, which has a capacity of one lakh 10 thousand. Cricket will return to the stadium in Motera with the ODI series.
The ODI series will be followed by a three-match T20 series, which will start on March 23 and all its matches will be held at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.