While a member of the Indian team in England has tested positive for COVID-19, a separate white-ball team is inside a bio-secure bubble in Sri Lanka. Although the team was supposed to play the three-match ODI series beginning on July 12 followed by a three-match T20I series, the fixtures had to be rescheduled after a couple of COVID-19 cases emerged in the Sri Lankan camp. This has given the Indian team, studded with youngsters, a little more time on their hands before the series.
Not only are they using the time to train and prepare themselves for the limited-overs competition but are also spending this time showcasing a bit of their musical skills. In a recent video uploaded by captain Shikhar Dhawan on his social media, he could be seen playing the iconic Bollywood song sung by Kishore Kumar "Ye Shaam Mastaani" on the flute. Moreover, his Delhi Capitals opening partner Prithvi Shaw, who is expected to open with him in the opening ODI now set to happen on July 18, was seen singing along with the melody.
"Thursday tunes featuring our in-house superstar singer Prithvi Shaw 🎶 @prithvishaw," Dhawan captioned the video.
Check out the video here:
Dhawan set to be oldest Indian skipper on captaincy debut
On July 18, when Dhawan steps out for the toss along side Sri Lanka captain, he will become the oldest Indian skipper to make captaincy debut. The left-handed opener will be 35 years and 225 days when he plays the first ODI against Sri Lanka. He will beat the earlier mark set by Mohinder Amarnath when he led the team for the first time in 1984. Notably, Amarnath was 34 years and 37 days when he captained India for the first time against Pakistan at Sialkot. Syed Kirmani and Ajit Wadekar are the other names on this list having captained India for the first time aged 33 years 353 days against West Indies at Guwahati and 33 years and 103 days against England at Lord's respectively.