Durham: Team India will start the 5-match Test series against England from August 4. In this way, Team India got busy with its work and has started preparing for this series. A 3-day practice match is being played between Virat and Company and County Select XI.
Apart from skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is not part of the squad for the three-day first-class warm-up match against County XI.
Kohli-Rahane got this problem
In fact, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane felt some discomfort before the practice match played against County Salex, due to which they were advised to rest before the match.
According to the report of Espncricinfo, Virat Kohli was feeling a strain in his back. At the same time, Rahane had a complaint of swelling in the upper hamstring. In such a situation, both these players could not play due to this problem before the practice match.
Rohit Sharma becomes captain
Rohit Sharma is leading the team in the absence of Kohli and Rahane in the match that started on Tuesday. He won the toss and decided to bat first. In this match, India’s reserve fast bowler Avesh Khan is playing for the opposing team. This was done with the consent of both the teams to give the Indian fast bowler a chance to play the match.
Significantly, during Pakistan’s tour of India in 1987, 14-year-old Sachin Tendulkar was fielded by Imran Khan’s team as a reserve fielder during the match against India at the Brabourne Stadium.
These players were also given rest
Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami have also been rested from this match. This is the first first-class match for the Indian team in almost 10 years. Regular wicketkeepers Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha are on isolation, in such a situation, Lokesh Rahul will take the lead in chasing the wicket. He and middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari would also like to present their claim in the team by performing better with the bat.
Pant and Saha can join the team’s bio-bubble before the intra-squad (match practice by forming two teams from the Indian team) before the practice match. This match can be organized from 26 to 28 July.
Indian team against County XI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Lokesh Rahul (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj.
India vs England to start from 4th August
After losing to New Zealand, now Team India has to play a 5-match Test series against England. The first match of the five-match Test series will be held in Nottingham from 4 to 8 August. The second Test match will be played at Lord’s from August 12, while the third Test is to be played at Headingley from August 25. The fourth Test will start at the Kennington Oval ground on 2 September and the fifth Test match of the series will be played in Manchester till 10 September.