Rohit tackled the fast bowlers from both right- and left-handed bowlers and tried to replicate Pakistan’s bowling line-up that boasted fast bowlers like Afridi, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah.
Pakistan’s bowling team got a big boost with the return of Afridi who was sidelined due to a knee injury.
The left-arm pacer dismissed Sharma and KL Rahul in last year’s T20 World Cup, helping Pakistan to a win over India.
Sharma also spoke at length with the team’s head coach Rahul Dravid during the net session.
KARTHIK OR PANT IN PLAY XI
It is highly unlikely that Rishabh Pant will make it to the eleven against Pakistan as the youngster opted out of the optional nets session and Dinesh Karthik spent quality time in the nets in long batting and batting practice.
Jasprit Bumrah’s replacement in the team, Mohammad Shami, also toiled hard and bowled impressively in the nets. He showed signs of being in form after defending 11 runs against Australia in a warm-up game and also taking three wickets in the over.
Deepak Hooda also walked out for a net session to work on his batting.
Shardul Thakur and Mohammad Siraj, the reserves for India in the T20 World Cup squad, bowled to the Indian batsmen and prepared for the matches if an opportunity arose.
India’s star players Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar chose to rest to keep their bodies fresh for India’s opening game.
India Team: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammad Shami
Support players: Mohammed Siraj, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Shardul Thakur