Bharat Army welcomes Team India at Adelaide airport ahead of 1st Test vs Australia

first_imgWith only three days to go for the most-anticipated Test series of the season, Virat Kohli’s Team India have arrived in Adelaide which will be hosting the first of the four-match rubber from December 6.Bharat Army, a well-known group of travelling fans, welcomed India at the Adelaide airport on Sunday ahead of what promises to be a cracking period of four weeks.The likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, and Ishant Sharma even posed for a few photographs with the passionate fans immediately after the touchdown.India have reached Adelaide a day after playing out a drawn four-day match – their only warm-up fixture – against Cricket Australia XI in Sydney. The visitors posted a decent first innings total of 358 but they were made to work hard on the field by the hosts, who made 544. Pacer Ishant Sharma poses with the members of the Bharat Army in Adelaide (Twitter Photo) Members of the Indian cricket team arrived in Adelaide on Sunday (Twitter Photo)Kohli’s men will be without Prithvi Shaw for the Adelaide Test due to an injury the teenage opener picked up in the warm-up match. However, second-choice opener Murali Vijay has seemingly claimed a spot in the playing XI after scoring an impressive century in the second innings.India’s busy cricket season this year that began with a four-Test series in South Africa will come to an end in Australia. The visitors showed a lot of promise in the Rainbow Nation and in England earlier this year. However, it didn’t translate into wins in both the overseas tours.advertisementRavi Shastri’s men are heading into the upcoming series with a slender advantage, considering Australia will be without two of their best batsmen – Steve Smith and David Warner as the duo is serving ball-tampering ban.However, India’s frailties with the bat which was exposed in South Africa and England is still a major cause for concern. Australia may be a weakened batting unit but they still possess one of the best bowling attacks in the world that has the likes of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, and Nathan Lyon.India were expected to boss the three-match T20I series but Aaron Finch-led Australian unit posed a stern challenge. In fact, Kohli’s team were made to chase the series after they lost the opener in Brisbane. A timely half-century from the visiting captain in the series decider helped India clinch a 1-1 draw.India in Australia 2018-19: Tests schedule1st Test in Adelaide: December 6 to 102nd Test in Perth: December 14 to 183rd Test in Melbourne: December 26 to 304th Test in Sydney: January 3 to 7Also Read | Virat Kohli in no mood to get into confrontations with Australia: Do not see the needAlso Read | Australia cricketers tend to break fine line between cheating and gamesmanship: GavaskarAlso Read | Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threatAlso see:last_img