In an effort to combat jet lag and acclimate to the new environment, the team management decided to give the players a couple of days to unwind, and the squad made the most of this opportunity.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a video on their official social media account, showcasing the players enjoying themselves on the picturesque beach.
The series against the West Indies is scheduled to commence on July 12 and will consist of two Test matches followed by ODIs and T20Is.
This tour marks India’s first international outing since their defeat in the World Test Championship final. The team has had an impressive record in West Indies, having won their last four Test series there since 2006. Notably, their victory in 2006 was their first Test series win in the Caribbean since 1971, and the last time they suffered a defeat was in 2002.
With the ODI World Cup just over three months away, the Indian team is currently in preparation mode. After the West Indies tour, they will participate in the Asia Cup, which will serve as a valuable dress rehearsal for the tournament.
The last time Indian cricket team played a Test series in the West Indies was in 2019, under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. However, this time, Rohit Sharma will be leading the team as certain changes have been made in an effort to regain form across all formats and build momentum ahead of the tournament.
Taking a short break before diving into the serious cricketing business is a refreshing sight. A little relaxation can go a long way in rejuvenating the players and maintaining a positive mindset.
It is worth mentioning that India will be hosting the ODI World Cup on their own soil for the first time. The tournament is scheduled to commence on October 5 and conclude on November 19. India’s first match is set to take place on October 8 against Australia, while the highly anticipated clash against Pakistan is scheduled for October 15.
Meanwhile, the West Indies cricket team has failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time. They are the first former champions who have been unable to secure a spot in the tournament.