India kicked off their England tour in a very positive fashion, when they won the T20I series, 2-1. However, the home team bounced back and acquired the ODI series, 2-1. Now, the Indian team has to bounce back in this five-Test series, beginning on August 1. It’s India’s perfect opportunity to avenge their defeat and possibly bounce back from the previous tour’s debacle. But, BCCI has just thrown a bad punch on them.
However, now reports are suggesting that after England drubbing, the Indian board has decided to keep the wives and girlfriends (WAG) away till the tour ends. Virat Kohli‘s record of just 134 runs from 10 innings, might just improve his Test record thanks to this decision.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has objected that WAGs will have to find another thing to do, than distracting their beloved partners. There will also be strict restrictions on the duration of their stay.
What’s the story behind this decision?
Team India is often accompanied by their wives or girlfriends wherever they play. Although one doesn’t mind the faces of beauties like Anushka Sharma, Ritika Sajdeh or Sakshi Dhoni, they are certainly a major cause of concern for BCCI.
But, what did they do?
These wives don’t do much, than cheering loud and being the best support. However, Indian cricketers will have to forget all that for a month, when India plays against England in an upcoming five-match Test series.
When did it all start?
At the end of the T20I and ODI series, many Indian players took leave to spend time with their families and among themselves, only to unwind ahead of the busy schedule waiting them. But, was it safe to be so casual ahead of a serious tournament?
Did BCCI lose its cool because of…
Team India won the initial T20I series against England (2-1), and also grabbed the ODI series (1-0) at the end of the first game. However, they started to falter and lost two straight ODIs, eventually also the series. The poor Indian WAGs came under scanner after this.
Is it right to blame them?
The Indian Board hence decided to make away with any minor or major distractions, by being safer than sorry. By not allowing the Indian cricketers to have any personal life, one wonders how Virat & Co will react.
In case, you didn’t know…
It is speculated that the team management has justified the decision, based on the past circumstances. They have claimed that the poor performance of players is related to their excessive family time and online trolling.
The real eye-opener?
The upcoming England tour will be a real eye-opener for everyone. Without WAGs, every player will be more focused and will report for practise, minus those shopping sprees or city outings.
The crucial part:
After the Indian board‘s decision to keep distance from their better halves, the likes of Kohli, Dhawan and Umesh Yadav will be worth seeing.
The real victim?
The sight of Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma together will become a thing of the past until the England tour ends. ‘Virushka’ as they are known, will have to wait for another backseat cuddle like this one:
Or, forget those sun-kissed picture for a while till BCCI approves!
Kohli and co. have left for Chelmsford from London, to attend a four-day practice match against Essex, slated to start on July 25. The first Test match of the five-match series will commence on August 1, 2018, which will end on September 11, 2018.
The actual shocker!
Previously, BCCI had famously suggested appointing a separate manager to manage WAGs on such foreign tours (for the Indian Cricket Team) but the Committee of Administrators (COA) denied permission out rightly!