Mumbai, Nov 16: Team India departed for Australia on Friday (November 16), eyeing their maiden Test series win Down Under.
The Virat Kohli-led team set for the Australian shores for a gruelling tour, which will see them play four matches in whites, three ODIs, and as many T20 Internationals.
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Various members of the team took to Tweeter to share their feelings ahead of their departure. Even the BCCI took to Twitter to share some candid photos of the players as they waited for their flight.
While some were seen playing games, rest enjoyed each other's company and some others posed for selfies with their fans.
At the pre-departure press conference on Thursday, captain Kohli emphasised on the need for the batsman to step up.
Head coach Ravi Shastri categorically said that there won't be any chopping and changing in the ODI team from now with just 13 games remaining before the World Cup.
Experts and former players are seeing this tour as India's best bet to defeat Australia in Tests as the hosts will be without their two key batsman, Steve Smith and David Warner, who are facing a year-long ban for their involvement in ball tampering scandal in South Africa.
Here are the images before Team India boarded the flight to Australia:
India vice-captain and wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik were seen bonding over while waiting for the flight at the airport lounge.
Kohli poses for a fan
India captain fulfilled the wish of a female fan by posing for a photograph. Kohli is the heartthrob of the nation and is mobbed for selfies and autographs at public places like airport lounges. The Indian skipper ensures that he doesn't let the requests of his fans unfulfilledif he has the spare time.
Manish-Krunal busy with gaming
Manish Pandey and Krunal Pandya were hooked to their tablets and played some game as they waited for the flight.
Dhawan-Bumrah pose for camera
India opener Shikhar Dhawan and pacer Jasprit Bumrah were seen chatting at the lounge together.
"Exciting challenges ahead. Off to Australia with the boys #TeamIndia," tweeted Kuldeep, who posted a picture with his teammates comprising young wicketkeeper and batsman Rishabh Pant, Rohit Sharma and others.
Krunal Pandya shares pics on Twitter
"Taking off to head down under," wrote Krunal Pandya on the micro blogging site as he posted snaps with team mates.
Pacer Jasprit Bumrah tweeted his picture from inside the aircraft and wrote, "Off we go! #Australia #Travelbound".
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