India are all set to take on England after the practice game against Leicestershire ended in a draw after 4 days of cricket that served as an excellent practice for the Indian players.
As expected, India declared with their overnight score and had set Leicestershire a target of 366 runs on the final day of the game. Shubman Gill opened for Leicestershire and played a wonderful knock. He was aggressive from the word go and smashed Indian bowlers to all parts of the ground.
Indian primary spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who arrived in UK later than the other members of the team after being tested positive for covid got a chance to bowl in this innings. He bowled 11 overs in the innings and took 2 wickets including that of Shubman Gill who was going great till that point in time.
Hanuma Vihari, who is most likely to be India’s #3 in the test match against England played a scratchy knock of 26 off 86 balls. He couldn’t score 50 runs in 3 innings put together in this test match. He was looking like a fish out of water right through the practice game. It will be a worrying sign for the Indian team but they will be glad that he got very good game time going into the main contest against England.
Mohammed Siraj was quite expensive on the final day’s play as he went well over four runs an over. The likes of Umesh Yadav and Prasidh Krishna got a good bowl as well.
When Leicestershire needed 147 runs to win the game with 6 wickets in hand, both the teams decided to call it a day and the game ended in a draw.
All in all, this game has served it’s purpose for the Indians, and they will be looking forward to the fifth and final test against England starting on first of July.
Rohit Sharma, who has tested positive for covid, is unlikely to make the cut for the test match against England but he can still play if he returns negative for covid-19 in the coming days. If Rohit Sharma misses the game, India are likely to open with Cheteshwar Pujara.
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