India Tour of Sri Lanka: K Gowtham mocks Devdutt Padikkal: Team India’ new faces who are to tour Sri Lanka for the white ball series comprising 3 ODI’s and 3 T20’s in July under Shikhar Dhawan’s leadership, have finally hit the gyms after completing their 7-day mandatory quarantine. In a recent video posted by BCCI, Krishnappa Gowtham hilariously pricked young Devdutt Padikkal and wished him the strength to pick more weight.
As the team gets together, BCCI shared a video where Team India’s newcomers — Devdutt Padikkal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Chetan Sakariya, Nitish Rana, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Varun Chakravarthy — were seen hitting the gym for training drills after completing 7-day mandatory hard quarantine in Mumbai.
In the video shared by BCCI, the Karnataka duo- Padikkal and Gowtham expressed how they are elated to resume their warm-up sessions. As the team collectively is getting together ahead of the clash, they are having a good time jelling in together.
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“Yeah, it’s really great! During the quarantine we were trying to do as much we could do in our room but there is much better in the gym and it was really good to get out here. We are here a few of them at least have a good time,” said Devdutt Padikkal.
His Karnataka teammate, Krishnappa Gowtham spoke of his familiarity with the young Devdutt Padikkal. Mockingly, he even did some leg-pulling, saying the latter needs to get a little stronger. Both train under coach Irafn Sait at the same cricket academy in Bengaluru.
“We both have played for Karnataka so we exactly know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Training with him again is something that was fun but yeah he needs to pick some more weight. Hope he gets stronger,” said Krishnappa Gowtham.
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The young speedster- Chetan Sakariya, who had a dream start to his career, spoke of his ecstasy donning the Indian jersey.
“When I got out of the room, I saw myself in the mirror numerous times and felt good wearing the jersey. Just as I hit the gym now, I have resumed my regular workout and I am trying hard to prepare for the contest,” mentioned Sakariya.
“Having got the maiden call up for Team India I am excited to mingle with the other teammates.”
“We as players are used to quarantine now as we have been following it for quite some time now. It feels great to feel the freshness coming out of the room and all of us are now gradually warming up and returning to the workout schedule,” Sakariya added.
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Star-studded left-handed batsman, Nitish Rana pronounced how hard it was for him to kill the time in the room during the quarantine period. He is excited as the team has kicked off its training sessions ahead of the series.
Rana said, “Obviously, the first seven days of quarantine were indeed tough as I was eagerly waiting to meet with the rest of the Team players and wear the Indian jersey. It was tough to pass the time in the room where each minute seemed like a year. The vibes feel good getting along with the players now and I am excited for the series to begin.”
“Meeting new people and trainers, I got a chance to learn many things and imbibe them. After a period of seven days I have done such intensive workout and I am looking forward to doing more such intense workout sessions and I hope we perform well in the series,” added Rana.
Ruturaj Gaikwad, who absorbed phenomenal tactics from Faf du Plessis while playing for Chennai Super Kings during IPL poured out happy words as he is currently living his long-awaited dream.
“Obviously it feels like a dream come true moment. We were waiting for so many years. The place you want to be in for so many years and you put out your heart for that. When you know you are finally there, it obviously feels very very best!”
Varun Chakravarthy received his maiden call prior to Australia’s tour but owing to his injury didn’t was eventually dropped. With things in place now, he is taking his practice sessions seriously and is confident of giving his full, in case he gets a chance.
“It’s great to be a part of the team and representing your country is always a special feeling. Feels great because there have been lots of senior players in the team and now working out next to them in the team a special feeling and definitely a dream come true for me.”
Chakravarthy added, “I have been preparing well because during the IPL I did a lot of practice as I did lots of bowling and fitness sessions I am ready to go if I get a chance I will be ready to give my 100 percent.”
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