[WATCH] Playing turf ball or posing with quokkas, Indian team day at Rottnest Island

The Team India contingent, who are in Australia as part of their preparations for the 2022 T20 World Cup, recently traveled to Rottnest Island, taking the day off after training. The players and support staff had a great time playing games and dancing, as well as celebrating the birthday of all-around player Hardik Pandya.

Rottnest Island lies just 12 miles off Perth and is famous for its tranquil atmosphere and serene beaches. The island is renowned for its activities like swimming, surfing, and snorkeling, among others.

On Wednesday, October 12, the official Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Twitter account shared a clip of India’s visit to Rottnest Island. The video was shared with the caption:

“Fun, adventure and rejuvenation. #TeamIndia day on Rottnest Island had it all!

In the full video posted on bcci.tv, the Team India players are seen relaxing and making the most of their day off.

The Indian contingent pose for a group photo.
The Indian contingent pose for a group photo.

In addition to celebrating Pandya’s 29th birthday (October 11), the players tried their hand at grass ball.

Indian left arm designer Arshdeep Singh.
Indian left arm designer Arshdeep Singh.

Later Virat Kohli, Rahul Dravid and Rishabh Pant among others clicked pictures with quokkas – the local animal.

Virat Kohli poses with a quokka.
Virat Kohli poses with a quokka.

Speaking from experience, Team India Captain Rohit Sharma said:

“It was a great experience to be on this Rottnest Island. It’s always nice when you’re on tour to have the team together and do something. It was a very productive day for us.

India team coach Dravid added:

“It was difficult to get here. The yacht ride here on choppy waters wasn’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea. Neither did mine, but once we got here… It’s a beautiful island and a beautiful place. Just a good opportunity for everyone in the group to have a day off and relax. We’ve had three pretty hectic days since we’ve been here in Perth.

Indian players walk around.
Indian players walk around.

The Indian team won their practice match against Western Australia

The Men in Blue beat Western Australia by 13 points in their first warm-up match in Perth on Monday 10 October. Beating first, India scored 158 from six as Suryakumar Yadav scored with 52 from 35 while Pandya scored 29 from 20.

It’s the training match against Western Australia.#TeamIndia win by 13 points. Arshdeep Singh 3/6 (3 overs) Yuzvendra Chahal 2/15 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/26 https://t.co/NmXCogTFIR

In response, Western Australia were held at 145. Left-arm dressmaker Arshdeep Singh was India’s standout bowler with 3/6, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed 2/26. Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal also contributed with a few wickets.

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