Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Travelling has been a huge burden for most teams in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 with matches held all across the huge Australian continent. Teams have taken domestic flights up to five hours duration of travel between different venues.

The business class seats on domestic flights are generally allotted by International Cricket Council (ICC) for captain, head coach and senior members of the team. In Men in Blue’s case, the business class seats are generally reserved for captain Rohit Sharma, senior player Virat Kohli and head coach Rahul Dravid.

However, as per reports, Rohit, Kohli and Dravid gave up their business class seats on the flight from Melbourne to Adelaide to pace bowlers Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, so that they could travel comfortably.

According to a support staff member, it was a decision by the captain and team management before the tournament.

“Since the pace bowlers clock the maximum mileage on field day in, day out, they need to stretch their legs. Hence, the decision has been taken by the captain and the coach,” he said.

“The team needed to travel every third or fourth day and the ‘hard-working pacers’ should get the best seats during the trip,” he added.