Calcutta: The English weather had not only bored the fans to death during the Champions Trophy, it had also tested the players’ patience to the limit.
Such ‘damp’ was their experience that when Mahendra Singh Dhoni woke up to a warm sunny weather in Kingston, the Caribbean, the India captain couldn’t stop himself from expressing his joy on his twitter account.
“Thought will sleep till late but woke up at 7, never mind at least was able to c a beautiful sunny morning, a must after 30 days in UK,” Dhoni wrote on his twitter page.
The Indians had a triumphant time in England lifting the Champions Trophy, but they had to put up with a cold and wet weather all through their stay. In the Caribbean for the tri-series which also involves hosts West Indies and Sri Lanka, the Indians were therefore dying to feel the sun.
“Jamaica welcomes us with bright sun shine and some lovely cricket fans. Not to forget hoardings of the great Usain Bolt,” tweeted off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Great to get some bright sun shine. This feels so much like home,” Ashwin added.
Suresh Raina was equally ecstatic. “Landed in Jamaica. Got to shake off the long flight & jet lag asap. But the weather is lovely!” he tweeted.
Dhoni, however, remembered the warmth of the Indian community in Birmingham, where they defeated England in a rain-hit final, fondly. “Forgot to mention this, wen v were playing at birmingham it felt as if v were playing in one of the Indian stadiums, fans were brilliant,” Dhoni tweeted.
The tri-series begins with the match between the West Indies and Sri Lanka, on Friday. India play West Indies in their first match, on Sunday.