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Despite Test loss, Indian players prefer to hang out with their wives than practice

The team India skipped a day of the training session for a small trip of the jungle safari in South Africa ahead of the 3rd Test match. Photograph:( Instagram )

WION Web Team South Africa Jan 20, 2018, 03.23 AM (IST)

Indian cricket team, who is on the tour of South Africa to play three test matches, six One Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals, have already lost the Test series by 2-0. 

Despite two consecutive loss to Proteas, few Indian players skipped a day of the training session for a small jaunt to the jungle safari in South Africa. 

Although their location is not certain, but as per media reports, they went to Mabula game reserve which is located just two-and-a-half hours' drive from Johannesburg. It is said to be one of South Africa’s finest private game reserves, which is owned by absconding Indian businessmen Vijay Mallya.

He owns 99.5 per cent stake in the 25,000-acre game reserve, for which he paid $6 million.

The Indian cricketers even shared images on social media with Lion and Cheetah from their excursion.

Ravindra Jadeja posted a picture on Instagram quoting, "Sher ! Sher Hota hai, Chahe Sasan gir mein ya Jobourg mein..Pinjare Mein Sher ko bahut log pathar marte hain, Asli Mard Saamne Khadde Hote Hain."


Opener batsman KL Rahul, who was roped in place of Shikhar Dhawan for the second Test, also posted a picture with Cheetah quoting, "Just a Lion and a Cheetah chilling."



Seamer Umesh Yadav posted a video of giraffes from Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve and quoted, "Wildlife safari#pilanesberg#great fun."



Indian pacer, Jasprit Bumrah, too posted a picture and quoted, "Never become sad when life pulls you back, because lion also takes one step back when he wants to go for a long jump. "



Mohammed Shami also posted an image with a lion.



Not only the cricketers, their wives were also accompanying them. Rohit Sharma's wife Ritika, Umesh Yadav's wife Tanya Wadhwa and Shikhar Dhawan's wife Aesha Dhawan posed with the wild animals.




The first Test was in Cape Town where both the teams struggled to score but it was South Africa which outplayed India and got the early lead.

The second Test was in Centurion and India again lost the match, though Indian skipper scored a massive century for the team in the first innings but rest of the batting order could not perform, at par.

The third and the final Test match is scheduled to be held in Johannesburg and will start from January 24.

Team India has already arrived there but before starting tough training session, the men in blue have found a way to cope up with the loss.