Virat Kohli and few more players unhappy with the gym facility in New York hotel

The Indian cricket team has been encountering a series of logistical challenges, mostly revolving around their training facilities. The hotel Rohit and his boys are staying in at Long Island does not have a proper gymnasium. According to sources in the knowhow of the Indian team, the players have taken membership at the local LA Fitness Centre, situated 7-8 minutes’ drive from the Garden City hotel.

Team India bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, when asked about the inadequate facility at the hotel, diplomatically emphasised on the importance of adaptation. He stressed the need for teams to focus on optimising the circumstances, regardless of any discrepancies in available resources. Mhambrey’s response hinted at the team’s resolve to make the best of the situation, showcasing their commitment to performance both on and off the field.

However, the challenges did not end with gym facilities. The Indian team found themselves grappling with logistical hurdles concerning their training venue as well. Unlike previous ICC events, where practice facilities are typically integrated within the main stadium, the makeshift arrangements at the Nassau County International Stadium does not have practice wickets. The teams were directed to Cantiague Park, situated a 20-minute drive away from the Nassau County International Stadium, which is also a makeshift arrangement.

The conditions at Cantiague Park and at the Nassau County Stadium has left much to be desired, with criticism directed towards the quality of practice wickets and the sluggish outfield of the main stadium. The makeshift stadium, housing four drop-in pitches sourced from Adelaide, failed to meet the standards expected of an international cricket venue. Such shortcomings further compounded the logistical challenges faced by the Indian team during their New York leg of the tournament.

Despite the setbacks, Rohit Sharma and his teammates displayed resilience on the field, securing victories against Ireland and Pakistan in Group A matches. Their commendable performances has positioned them favourably for advancing to the Super Eight stage. However, their success on the field contrasts sharply with the logistical challenges they’ve encountered off it, highlighting the adaptability and perseverance required of elite athletes in navigating unforeseen circumstances.

Meanwhile, the Men in Blue had an optional practice session with most of the main players being rested: Captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and the other pacers.

The focus was on Rishabh Pant who was seen having an extended session in the nets on Tuesday afternoon. The left hander took throwdowns mainly from batting coach Vikram Rathour and fielding coach T Dilip. He was later seen taking throwdown from Nuwan from 18 yards to adjust to the awkward bounce from the surface. Among the other players who turned up for the optional training session were Rinku Singh, Sanju Samson, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed and Avesh Khan.

As the Indian cricket team prepares for their final group league game against hosts USA on Wednesday before heading to Florida for their last group fixture versus Canada, their journey in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 serves as a testament to the myriad challenges inherent in international cricket tournaments. Despite the hurdles, the Men in Blue remain determined to conquer both the logistical obstacles and their opponents in their quest for glory.