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Virat Kohli opts out of practice session after suffering cramps in semis


Veteran India batsman Virat Kohli on Saturday skipped the optional training session for the second day in a row, after suffering for ages in the sweltering Mumbai heat during the semi-final against New Zealand.

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Kohli opted out of India’s optional practice session to stay fresh for the Cricket World Cup final.

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According to a news agency PTIKohli along with India’s three opening pacers, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj, were given a rest day and did not take part in the penultimate practice session at the Motera.

Kohli had a tough time battling cramps during his 106-ball hundred against New Zealand in the semi-final in Mumbai, which helped him overtake Sachin Tendulkar for most ODI tons.

Kohli, however, was on the field for a good part of the semi-final during New Zealand’s run.

Kohli has had a successful World Cup with the bat so far, and is the current leading run-scorer this edition with 711 runs from 10 matches.

Meanwhile, India captain Rohit Sharma took another look at the pitch on Saturday, and noticed a slight difference from the one when they faced Pakistan on October 14.

“That wicket (Pakistan game), there was no grass on it. There is some grass on this wicket. That wicket looked a lot drier than this one – I don’t know, maybe you know, I didn’t look at the wicket today but from my understanding it’s obviously going to be a bit more delay.,” Rohit said at the press conference.

“It won’t change much, but it’s nice to see the pitch on the day of the match and then assess what you want to do,” Rohit said.

Although there is a small chance that Ravichandran Ashwin could be in the final, Rohit has not given any news from the team yet.

“We haven’t decided on the XI. Anyone from the 15 can play. We will assess the wicket and decide on it. We have to look at the wicket and decide there and of course the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition,” said the 36-year-old.

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