Bengaluru: New coach Anil Kumble has brought a refreshing change to the preparations of the Indian cricket team as the members had a unique team bonding session with acclaimed actor-musician Vasundhara Das' group 'Drumjam'.
In a what can be termed as a first in Indian cricket team's team bonding exercise, the senior players along with ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Test captain Virat Kohli and 'A' team players enjoyed a jam session, where they were seen playing drums with Vasundhara and her musical group.
BCCI released a picture of the Indian team members enjoying a musical session with Vasundhara, who has also acted in critically acclaimed films like 'Hey Ram' (with Kamal Hassan) and Mira Nair's 'Monsoon Wedding'.
"What the Indian team did today was called 'Drum Circle'. It is an activity where 'a group of people seated in a circle, plays drums together'," read a statement.
Drum Circle is considered to be a rhythm based activity, which is a "great way to communicate, team building, transcending barriers, improves group communication and harmony, a sense of belonging, stress-relief, discovering creativity, energising participants and improving focus".
The initiative was an extension to the various team building activities that Kumble has introduced, including Buddy Project, where players are split into groups of two, with a senior player explaining his experiences in the cut-throat world of international cricket to a junior player.
(with agency inputs)