The entire team India has started preparing for the Test match against England starting from July 1. Before the Test match, the practice match between the Indian team and Leicestershire started on Thursday (23 June). Indian captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bat first. Interestingly, four India players Cheteshwar Pujara, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant and the famous Krishna are playing in the Leicestershire squad for practice.
Four wickets for India have fallen. Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja are at the crease. Hanuma Vihari, who came out to bat at the third order, got out after scoring three runs in 23 balls. Sam Bates took his catch off Roman Walker’s ball. Shreyas Iyer was also out after Hanuma. His account was not even opened. Rishabh Pant took his catch off the famous Krishna ball.
Indian openers did not work
Shubman Gill made 21 runs off 28 balls and was caught by Davis on Rishabh Pant. He shared a 35-run partnership for the first wicket with Rohit Sharma in 9.2 overs. India got the second blow in the form of Rohit Sharma. Rohit Sharma returned to the pavilion when the team’s score was 50 runs in 15.2 overs. Rohit got out on the ball of Roman Walker. He scored 25 runs in 47 balls.
Why are Indian players playing for Leicestershire?
Four players from India have been included in the team of Leicestershire for this reason so that all Indian players can get full opportunity to practice. If all the players of Team India played from the same team, then some would have got less batting or bowling. To avoid this situation, four players from India have been put in the opposition team. This will give ample opportunity to all the players to practice. Among the four players who have been included in the Leicestershire squad, the famous Krishna is suspected to have played in the main match. Apart from him, the remaining three players are almost certain to play the first Test match from July 1.
Both teams for the first practice match
Leicestershire Team: Samuel Evans (Captain), Rehan Ahmed, Samuel Bates (Wk), Nathan Bowley, Will Davis, Joy Evison, Louis Kimber, Abidin Sakande, Roman Walker, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Pranand Krishna.
Indian Team: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Srikar Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav.
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