While the fitness parameters of the players, especially those who returned from the Caribbean tour earlier this month, will be a major focus area, the camp is intended to serve as an exercise in team bonding before focusing on the final stages of World Cup preparation. Work has to be done too.
Fifteen of the 18 players – excluding Sanju Samson, Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna (all of whom are scheduled to arrive in Bengaluru from Dublin late Thursday night) – will undergo fitness assessment, followed by a few indoor sessions on the opening day. From Friday, players will be divided into batches for outdoor conditioning and skill-based programmes.
ESPNcricinfo understands that the senior players who did not take part in the T20Is in the Caribbean were given individual fitness and diet plans over the past two weeks. Although this practice is not unique, India have been particularly cautious about the workload in view of injuries to key players over the past few years.
As reported by ESPNcricinfo, the NCA medical team is believed to be happy with Rahul’s batting workload, but is carefully monitoring his wicketkeeping load; He is understood to have complained of pain after one of the practice matches organized by the NCA last week.
The team is expected to depart from Bengaluru for Colombo on August 30. India, who will begin their campaign against Pakistan in Pallekele on September 2, can play a maximum of six matches if they reach the final. India will play three ODIs at home against Australia after the Asia Cup before starting their World Cup campaign.