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County XI team captain Will Rhodes and Indian team captain Rohit Sharma before the practice match.
The Test series between India and England is start ing from 4th August. Earlier, Team India is playing the first practice match against County-XI. Regular captain Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are not playing in this match.
Rohit Sharma has been given the captaincy of the team. He won the toss and decided to bat first. Batting first, Team India has scored 50+ runs for 2 wickets. Openers Rohit (9 runs) and Mayank Agarwal (28 runs) were out.
Lokesh Rahul has been given the responsibility of wicketkeeping. Team India has landed in this match with 4 pace bowlers and 2 spinners. Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj Paes are bowling and Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel are commanding the spin.
Team India pays tribute to Yashpal Sharma
In this match, the players of Team India came on the field wearing a black band to pay tribute to former cricketer Yashpal Sharma. Yashpal died on July 13 due to a heart attack. He was a member of the 1983 World Cup winning team. Yashpal also played an important role in selecting the team that won the World Cup in 2011 under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He was a member of the selection committee.
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal entered the field wearing a black band.
Sundar and Avesh playing for County XI
Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan are also playing this match. However, he will be seen playing for County-XI team. Rishabh Pant has not been able to join the Indian squad due to Corona. At the same time, Abhimanyu Easwaran and Wriddhiman Saha are also quarantined in London. He will join the team before the second practice match.
Practice match important for Indian team
This practice match is very important for the Indian team. The team did not get any practice before the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. Team India had to pay the brunt of this by losing. After this, Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri had demanded a practice match from the England Cricket Board (ECB) before the England series.
Team India: Rohit Sharma (capt), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj
County XI Squad: Jack Chappell, Jake Libby, Will Rhodes (c), Lyndon James, James Ryu (wk), Liam Patterson, Jack Carson, Craig Miles, Avesh Khan, Washington Sundar, Ethan Bamber, Rehan Ahmed, Haseeb Hameed, James Bracey