In pictures: India cricket team's South African animal safari

A collection of the pictures from India cricket team's animal safari in Johannesburg.

Members of the India cricket team went on an animal safari in Johannesburg to take their minds off cricket, and understandably so, after being beaten convincingly in Cape Town and Centurion by 72 runs and 135 runs respectively. Virat Kohli and co. will hope that this week-long break between the second and third Test helps it unearth its competitive spirit and potentially salvage pride by winning the third Test at the Wanderers. Photo: Instagram/umeshyadav
Mohammed Shami will hope to come 'roaring' back with the ball after a couple of ordinary performances (by his standards) in the first two Tests. This UP-born Bengal pacer has been good in patches, his seven-over spell on the fourth morning which yielded three wickets being a case in point, but the real Shami hasn't turned up yet. Having had a week to reflect on his performances so far on South African safari, the visiting team will hope that its best pace bowler recaptures his best bowling form. Photo: Instagram/md.shami11
K. L. Rahul was among the members of the India cricket team who went on an animal safari in Johannesburg, where the third Test is scheduled to start from January 24. Rahul is known for his love for animals and here he is, posing with a cheetah. This Karnataka opening batsman is among the players who need to up their game if India is to produce an improved performance and a better result at the Wanderers. Photo: Instagram/rahulkl
Ravindra Jadeja poses for a snap with a young male lion which is asleep. The Saurashtra spin bowling all-rounder might feature in the XI in the inconsequential third Test in Johannesburg, having sat out the first two Tests, with the team management favouring R. Ashwin. Photo: Instagram/royalnavghan