Virat Kohli shared a picture with his Durham teammates showing Team India starting training ahead of the five-part test series against England.
After the final of the test world championship, the men in blue took a break. But the players have now gathered again in Durham, where they have resumed training for the all-important series against the hosts from next month.
Virat Kohli shared a picture with his fans on Instagram showing him with Shardul Thakur, KL Rahul and Jasprit Bumrah in their arms. The Indian captain has given the picture a title: “Back at it.”
In the meantime, however, Rishabh Pant, Abhimanyu Easwaran and Wriddhiman Saha have yet to join the team bubble. While Pant tested positive for COVID-19 a few days ago, Easwaran and Saha were believed to be close contacts from assistant / net bowler Dayanand Garani, who also tested positive for the virus.
Team India will play a three-day practice game with County Championship XI starting July 20th in Durham.
Virat Kohli had requested a warm-up game against a county before the England test series
Virat Kohli will be delighted that Team India will play a practice game against a selected County XI. After the Test World Cup final, Kohli had said the team had requested a warm-up match against a compatriot before the England Series, but that request was not accepted this time.
“That (getting practice games) doesn’t depend on us. Of course we wanted top quality games which I don’t think we got. I don’t know what the reasons are, but otherwise” “I think our preparation time will be sufficient to be ready for the first test, “said Virat Kohli at a press conference.
The BCCI and the ECB apparently drafted the proposal while the players were on hiatus. The game will be streamed live on Durham’s official YouTube channel. Will Rhodes, 26, will lead the County XI squad.
District selection XI squad: Will Rhodes (Warwickshire – Captain), Rehan Ahmed (Leicestershire), Tom Aspinwell (Lancashire), Ethan Bamber (Middlesex), James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Jack Carson (Sussex), Zak Chappell (Nottinghamshire), Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire), Lyndon James (Nottinghamshire), Jake Libby (Worcestershire), Craig Miles (Warwickshire), Liam Patterson-White (Nottinghamshire), James Rew (Somerset), Rob Yates (Warwickshire).