Indian cricketers, led by Ajinkya Rahane have started arriving following their momentous 2-1 win in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Five members including Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Prithvi Shaw and coach Ravi Shastri landed in Mumbai on Thursday.Also Read - Virender Sehwag Puts Rohit Sharma & KL Rahul's Spot Under Threat, Throws Two New Names In The Ring As Surprise Openers
They were felicitated by the Mumbai Cricket Association officials including President Vijay Patil and Apex Council members Ajinkya Naik, Amit Dani and Umesh Khanvilka upon arrival with Rahane also cutting a cake to mark India’s memorable win. Also Read - Faf du Plessis Admits Banking on Rohit Sharma to Make Playoffs After RCB Beat GT
They have been advised to remain in home quarantine for the next seven days. “The players are also advised to remain in home quarantine for next seven days,” Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal told PTI. Also Read - Virender Sehwag Sparks Debate Over Sourav Ganguly And Virat Kohli's Captaincy - Who Is Better?
On the other hand, Rishabh Pant, whose unbeaten 89 powered India to a memorable three-wicket win in Brisbane, landed in Delhi. T Natarajan, who became the first India player to debut across formats on a tour, headed to his village in Tamil Nadu after arriving in Bengaluru.
The players from Chennai including offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin and Washington Sundar alongside bowling coach Bharat Arun are in Dubai and expected to reach the country by early Friday morning.
India overcame the absence of captain Virat Kohli and injuries to several of their first-choice players as the tour progressed to beat Australia for a third consecutive time in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. It was the second straight time that the hosts lost to India at home in a Test series after Kohli led them to a historic 2-1 win during the 2018-19 tour.
The BCCI also announced a bonus of Rs 5 crore for the team.
The cricketers will soon regroup for the upcoming home series against England that starts from February 5 which is part of the ICC World Test Championship. The two teams will play four Tests scheduled to be played in Chennai and Ahmedabad.
The Tests will be followed by a five-match T20I series and three ODIs.