Ajinkya Rahane, who led India to a historic Test series win against Australia under his captaincy, was greeted with red carpet when he arrived at his home in Matunga on Thursday. Similarly, when fast bowler T. Natarajan reached his village in Salem, Tamil Nadu, he was rotated by the villagers on a chariot. From the entrance of his society, Rahane took his daughter Arya in his lap and walked slowly to the house on the red carpet.
Pesar Natarajan, who made his debut in all three formats in Australia, was strongly welcomed when he reached his village Chinnapampati. The villagers took him in a chariot to his house and during this time the local musical instrument played the silver bull. Its video has been shared by Virender Sehwag on Twitter. He wrote – Will not you welcome? This is India. Cricket is not just a game here. It is much more than that. Natarajan has received a grand welcome in her village. What a wonderful story. India defeated Australia 2–1 in the four-match series.
Now the Indian team will play a long series with England, with four Tests, five ODIs and three T20 matches. Now the Indian players will gather in Chennai on 26 January, where they will start practice from February 2 for the Test series with England. Players who were not members of the team playing in Australia and have been selected in the squad for the Test series with England, will reach Chennai on 23 January. They include net bowlers and standby players.
Apart from the England team, the Indian players who reach Chennai will have to live in a bio bubble of seven days. The series is scheduled to be played from February 5, so the Indian players will reach Chennai on January 26 to complete the bio bubble durations on February 1.
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