The last one year has been nothing short of a memorable one for Virat Kohli & Company. Barring the narrow loss in the T20 series against West Indies in August last year and the recent loss in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy, the team has had a very successful season.
In the last 12 months, the team reached the pinnacle of Test cricket and consolidated its numero uno status with some terrific brand of cricket. Its performance in the limited-overs cricket was not bad either.
But amid all the series win and superlative performances, one seems to have forgotten that the past few months have been absolutely backbreaking for the Indian players. The mammoth season began with a four-match Test series in West Indies and was followed by two-match T20I series in the USA. Then began the home season compromising a staggering 13 Tests, eight One-Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals.
The Virat Kohli-led side began the home season with an impressive 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand in the Test series and followed it by winning the subsequent ODI series 3-2. The series against the Kiwis was followed by a five-match Test series against England which the hosts won 4-0. The Men in Blue then won the ODI and T20I series with a familiar margin of 2-1.
Bangladesh was then taken care off in a one-off Test before Australia gave the world number one side a tough time but the hosts eventually managed to win the four-match series 2-1. And, as if the long season was not enough, the hectic India Premier League followed soon.
A week later, the Men in Blue were in England to save their Champions Trophy title. The fatigue was surely there but the two-time world champions performed brilliantly before losing to Pakistan in the summit clash.
And now the whole season seems to have completed a circle. One year ago, the Indian players were in the Caribbeans to play the Test series and currently, they are at the same place albeit for a limited-overs series. After such a draining season both physically as well as mentally, the players could have found very few places on earth better than the calm and serene environment of the Caribbeans to relax and they are not letting the opportunity go.
In a video posted by BCCI, Hardik Pandya gave the fans a sneak peek of what the players are up to in West Indies. Right from beach volleyball to jet ski to taking a bath in the blue waters, the Indian players did it all before the third ODI of the five-match series.
Here is the video posted by BCCI.
Meanwhile, the third ODI will be played on Friday (June 30) in Antigua which will also host the fourth game on July 2 before the teams head to Kingston for the fifth and final match and a one-off T20 International.
The Virat Kohli-led side is leading the series 1-0, having won the second game after the first match ended in a washout.