Indian team forced to reschedule practice session in Adelaide

Indian team was earlier criticised by Sunil Gavaskar for not practicing enough on off days Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Adelaide: Jan 20, 2012

India s preparation for the fourth Test at Adelaide hit a roadblock as the Australian authorities at the Adelaide Oval have asked the Indian team management to reschedule the net sessions for Saturday.

According to media reports, the net bowlers would not be available on Saturday owing to the grade cricket matches on Saturday. This forced the Indian team to practise on Friday instead.

An Indian team official was quoted in the Herald Sun as saying, “Tomorrow there is some tournament going on so the good bowlers are not available. We say ‘ok today we have a net.”

Earlier, the Indian team was criticised by the batting legend Sunil Gavaskar for not practicing enough during off days, and rather enjoying the stay in Australia.

After losing the second Test, Gavaskar had critised some of the Indian players’ “attitude” towards practice, which he said was one of the reasons for the visitors’ humiliating losses in the first two Tests of the four-match series.

“Christmas is big in Australia and it’s understandable for Australian players taking off after first Test. But what were our players doing? Why were not they doing practice? Have they gone there for sightseeing or play cricket?” Gavaskar had said.