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PHOTOS: Team India gearing up to face South Africa in Dharamsala

Last updated on: September 29, 2015 15:05 IST
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni

India's Virat Kohli, left, chats with ODI team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, in Dharamsala, ahead of T20 match against South Africa. Photograph: PTI

The Indian cricket team, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, arrived in Dharamsala on Monday, four days before the tour-opener of the Mahatma Gandhi–Mandela series against South Africa.

Team India players during a practice session

Team India players during a practice session at International Cricket Stadium in Dharamsala. Photograph: PTI

The team will undergo rigorous physical fitness training in preparation of the first Twenty20 International, scheduled for October 2.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni arrives in Dharamsala. Photograph: PTI

It was Team Director Ravi Shastri's idea to arrive early so that the players can work on endurance enhancement at the high altitude venue.

 Virat Kohli, left, and Harbhajan Singh move to a hotel in Dharamshala

Virat Kohli, left, and Harbhajan Singh move to a hotel in Dharamsala. Photograph: PTI

Mohit Sood, Press Secretary of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, said the players and the coaching staff had planned to reach Dharamsala only on September 30.

The team earlier had a skill conditioning camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

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