At the center of India’s net training were Karthik’s unique wicket-holding drills, which were carried out under the supervision of field coach T Dileep. “Blint drill” is one such drill which is done to increase the alertness of the wicket keeper. After that, Karthik also practiced taking a few takes. Instead, coach Rahul Dravid instructed the net bowlers (spinners) to play fast on the stumps when Karthik was guarding the wickets.
Net bowler Khilesh said: “We got instructions from Indian coaches to play fast and keep it close to the stumps, don’t spin too much when Karthik guards the wickets. We’re not used to playing too fast in cricket, but it was fun.
Karthik continued to drill while Pant practiced batting in the second net. Head coach Chetan Sharma was also present during this optional training session and watched from afar.