New Delhi: With the group stage of IPL 2023 coming to an end on Sunday, players like talismanic batter Virat Kohli, ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and fast bowler Mohammed Siraj will be among the seven players to leave for England on Tuesday ahead of the World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia set to happen from June 7-11 at The Oval in London.
A report in Sportstar says in all eleven cricketers -- comprising seven squad members, a reserve and three support bowlers -- along with the support staff will leave for England in the early hours of Tuesday. It added that apart from Kohli, Ashwin and Siraj, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav and Jaydev Unadkat will be leaving for England too.
The report added that both Unadkat and Umesh, who were nursing shoulder and hamstring injuries during IPL 2023, had been passed fit by experts at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.
"Understandably, all these cricketers, barring Unadkat, are from the six franchises whose Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign ended in the league stage. Unadkat had been replaced by the Lucknow Super Giants after injuring himself in the nets," it added.
The report also said that Mukesh Kumar, the promising pacer who is among the reserves and played for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2023 alongside Axar, will also travel to England as part of the first batch, with head coach Rahul Dravid to lead the preparation phase as captain Rohit Sharma will be leading Mumbai Indians in IPL 2023 Playoffs.
"He will be joined by three more pacers -- Aniket Choudhary, Akash Deep and Yarra Prithviraj -- who have been selected as net bowlers by the national selection panel in consultation with the team management. Cheteshwar Pujara, participating in the County Championship, will join the preparations later this week," it added.