Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Umesh Yadav and other members of the Indian cricket team have been seen enjoying their time off the field with their wives and children and regularly unwind after matches.The wives and girlfriends (WAGs) of the Indian cricket stars have been spotted cheering for their partners during the matches in England. While actress Anushka Sharma has been leading the WAGs brigade for cheers in the stadiums, Kohli has been flooding his social media of his rendezvous “with the bestest”.However, it looks like those pictures, dinners and outings will have to stop for a while and for perhaps a month, the cricketers will have to stay away from their partners.The team management has informed the players that no wives and girlfriends will be allowed in the camp till the end of the third Test, according to a report in Mumbai Mirror.Also read – India cricket stars head to exotic locales post ODI series loss vs EnglandThe first Test begins on August 1 in Birmingham while the third Test is slated for August 18-22 in Nottingham.The report further mentions that the unwinding process of the players ended on Sunday and the team has advanced to Chelmsford from London, where they will play a four-day practice game against Essex. The practice match will begin on Wednesday.”We’ve had four days of rest before settling down for the serious task ahead. The players had moved out with spouses, friends and relatives and tomorrow (Monday) we will leave for Chelmsford,” a team source told Mirror.advertisementAlso read – Virat Kohli enjoys meal with wife Anushka Sharma in LondonAs the third and final ODI ended, the Indian team stayed back in London and took some time off. Meanwhile, the Test specialists joined the squad and the limited-overs players left the party.According to the Mirror report, the team management also gave a thought to having India A players with the national team for some help in the nets. However, they decided against it keeping in mind the upcoming Quadrangular series that also involves sides from Australia A and South Africa A.The Test squad, comprising of 18 players including Jasprit Bumrah, all came together in London and left for Chelmsford together.Also read – Strolling on the streets in England: Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and AnushkaBumrah, who has been suffering from a finger injury, is yet to recover completely and will not be available for the first Test. However, he is apparently ready to bowl in the nets, the team source informed Mirror.”He had a finger injury and we’re hoping he will recover for the second Test. Meanwhile, he is fit to bowl in the nets,” the source said.
José Mourinho’s handling of Luke Shaw is a head-scratcher even for seasoned watchers of the Manchester United manager.Shaw should not be immune from criticism, as no footballer is. The point is that Mourinho, as a manager trying to get the best from players for the benefit of the side, can be over the top and counterproductive with his public assessments of the 22-year-old. Share on WhatsApp Sportblog Share on Twitter José Mourinho Share on LinkedIn Read more Luke Shaw unhappy at Mourinho criticism but will not be forced out Manchester United Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Topics Share on Messenger Share via Email The number of times the manager has done this also prompts the question: what, precisely, is being seen in training that causes Mourinho to keep on selecting Shaw?The manager had all week to assess the left-back, then on Saturday decided 45 minutes into the FA Cup quarter-final win against Brighton & Hove Albion that Shaw should never have been in the XI. Factor in the history of a near two years as his coach that has featured serial mistrust and Mourinho was surely not surprised at how Shaw, in his view, performed.The public criticism that followed was the latest the defender has had to wear. It moved Shaw from a confused state regarding how he is rated – after previous admonishments – to just plain unhappy.Who can blame him? Last month Mourinho said Shaw would receive a new contract “as a natural consequence” of a “big effort”. This followed a declaration in January that he was among the finest left-backs in domestic football. It all seemed to signal Shaw had responded to the nadir of last April, when Mourinho humiliated him by stating Shaw needed to “grow up” and that the manager was his “brain” in a game at Everton.Yet the high praise in January was followed by Shaw being dropped for a league win at Burnley – he has started only four matches since – and the offer of a new contract is surely in the balance after Mourinho’s weekend words.Shaw is in no hurry to leave, though. The main calculation here is that he is out of contract in 2019, so would have greater choice of destinations plus the attraction of a lucrative signing-on fee as a free agent.Against Brighton, Shaw did not seem particularly deserving of the hook. He was also hardly the prime candidate to lose his place at Turf Moor. It has become the unfortunate trope of his career under Mourinho. If there is a player to admonish, it tends to be Shaw.On Friday Mourinho opened up a new front in criticism by extending it to all of his squad, bar Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic, which he continued post-Brighton. Shaw could be forgiven for hearing this and thinking of team-mates: “Welcome to my world”, while wondering where Mourinho’s disquiet with the very people his own livelihood depends on – his players – will end.This may be a further calculation in Shaw’s determination not to be forced out. Given Mourinho’s history and current behaviour there is no guarantee he will be his manager for all of next season and so any replacement may take a near-polar opposite view of Shaw’s worth. comment