Shastri, Umesh, Dhawan visit Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple ahead of 5th ODI

first_imgTeam India coach Ravi Shastri along with Umesh Yadav and Shikhar Dhawan visited the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ahead of the fifth and final ODI between India and West Indies in Thiruvananthapuram.The trio were spotted in traditional attire outside the 16th-century temple on Wednesday. However, this wasn’t the first visit to the temple for Shastri.In fact the last time India played a match in Thiruvananthapuram last year, the coach of the Indian cricket team had visited the famous temple on the eve of the clash.West Indies look to deny India 6th successive series win at homeIndia had defeated New Zealand by 6 runs to clinch the three-match T20I series.ODI cricket meanwhile, returns to Thiruvananthapuram after a span of 30 years and incidentally the last match also involved the West Indies. In that match, India were led by Ravi Shastri and they lost to the visitors by 9 wickets.READ – Given the opportunities MS Dhoni will come good: Bharat ArunCaptain Virat Kohli on Tuesday had also asked people to come visit Kerala, a state which had been ravished by a recent flood.”Being in Kerala is nothing short of bliss. I love coming here and love the energy of the whole place. The beauty of Kerala is something to be experienced and I would recommend to everyone that they come here and experience the energy of God’s Own Country. Kerala is surely back to its feet and absolutely safe to come to. Thanks to this amazing place for making me feel happy every time I am here,” Kohli wrote in a note while at his stay with The Leela Raviz Kovalam.advertisementREAD – 5th ODI: Young West Indies ready to learn from star-studded IndiaThank you @imVkohli for the nice words. We are delighted to know that Kerala makes you happy every time you are here. Tourism (@KeralaTourism) October 30, 2018India will looking for a victory too on Thursday as Virat Kohli & Co. would want to clinch their 6th stright bilateral ODI series win at home. They lead the series 2-1, with the second match being tied.READ – MS Dhoni faces the biggest test of his career as World Cup looms closerThe last time that India lost an ODI series at home was way back in October 2015, when South Africa had defeated India in a five-match series 3-2. Since then the likes of Australia, England, Sri Lanka, New Zealand haven’t managed to win a single bilateral series, as India have climbed the rankings and are now in 2nd position. The last time the Caribbean side won a bilateral series against India was way back in 2006.With the north-eastern monsoon in full cry, the match could well end up shortened as the weatherman has predicted a brief thunderstorm in the afternoon and late evening. The Kerala Cricket Association though are in an upbeat mood as the Greenfield Stadium boasts of one of the best drainage systems in the business and even if the rain comes crashing down, they will be able to get it back into shape quickly once the rain stops.The Indian team had an optional training session on Wednesday, with only a handful of players taking part. Young southpaw Rishabh Pant delighted the small group of fans who gathered to watch the session with some big hitting.The others who practiced were Rayudu, K L Rahul, Yuzvendra Chahal and Umesh Yadav. The West Indies, on the other hand, opted not to train.(With inputs from Agencies)last_img

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