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Team India bonding sessions cover wide spectrum


SOUTHAMPTON: A staff that stays in combination, plays in combination.

At least that is what the Indian staff control believes as its plans various actions right through lengthy tours that have a two-fold achieve - to switch off a bit of and also enjoys each different's company off the sphere which is very important for on-field performances.


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The present Indian staff also actively takes section in bonding sessions, which can be in moderation deliberate right through an away sequence. It may well be anything else from amusing games to having a easy meal in a gaggle of four.

Before the start of the World Cup, Indian staff was once noticed playing paint ball and now that there is a wreck before the following sport in opposition to Afghanistan on Saturday, some bonding actions are deliberate.

The staff contributors are provided with a weekly activity agenda and they are told to do things which can be more organic in nature than compelled.

"In this Indian team, the bonding sessions have been a part for some years now. It could be some fun games and at times some other activity. Right now, the players are with their families enjoying a break. Once they come back, some activities are planned," a senior BCCI reputable said.

While Virat Kohli is the captain, the staff's 'Leadership Group' has three contributors - Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

At occasions, in a staff of 15, the 12 avid gamers are divided into groups of four and they are treated via each of the 3 senior contributors.

"It is always insisted that avid gamers from other regions hang around in combination and at least have a meal in combination. Just as an example, Vijay Shankar, newest member of the staff will indubitably really feel more relaxed interacting with a Dinesh Karthik. Same language, meals habits, that is natural.

"But there are occasions when Karthik will want to have a meal with every other junior participant. It's not one thing that is compelled however it should happen naturally," the reputable said.

It's not handiest about cricket however seniors are inspired to talk to the junior avid gamers about different facets of life also where they can take a cue from them.

"It may well be anything else from dealing with stardom to managing investments. The seniors with their practical stories could assist the juniors out or may be dividing them into groups of 3, with the same gymnasium slot. Bonding right through some strenuous exercises isn't a foul thought either," he added.

Team bonding sessions had been in trend in Indian cricket for lengthy, handiest the terminology has modified with converting occasions.

In 70's, it used to be Sunday Clubs, a concept that was once borrowed from English counties where avid gamers were told to dress up in a undeniable approach or enact certain scenes.


There used to be punishments like walking from one's own resort room to the staff activity room in undies with a neck tie tied across the waist.


Or else, some were made to apply lipstick and told to bop like 'Basanti of Sholay'. At occasions it would be amusing however different occasions it may well be bordering on ragging as one of the crucial old timers recall.


It become more of a amusing right through Gary Kirsten's time and Paddy Upton's much acclaimed e book 'Barefoot Coach' has some adorable footage of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir dressed as ladies right through a play they were a part of.


From the mid 90's until early 2000s, the staff bonding actions infrequently came about, especially right through Mohammad Azharuddin's technology when the Indian facet was once a disjointed unit with not much agree with existing between the avid gamers.


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