The Indian team will prepare for the rescheduled fifth Test against England by taking on Leicestershire in a warm-up match on Thursday. Before the start of the match, Rohit Sharma’s men were warmly welcomed in Leicester.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a video on its official Twitter account which showed the Men in Blue receiving a welcome with ‘Dhol’ and music as the players made their way to the pitch.
Dancers dressed in traditional Indian clothing stood right next to where the players were heading to the pitch and the dancers were having fun to the sound of ‘Dhol’ music.
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The general atmosphere in the stadium was very ‘desi’ as the Indian team took to the pitch, with some dancers also holding Indian flags and Leicestershire Foxes flags.
Sharing the video on Twitter, BCCI wrote: “Kindly welcome for a practice game. Leicester are buzzing”, along with the hashtag #TeamIndia.
You can watch the video below:
Meanwhile, speaking of the game, India skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to strike first. Interestingly, Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara played for Leicestershire but were dressed in Indian shirts.
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The visitors didn’t get off to a good start as Shubman Gill perished after scoring 21 points, and soon he was followed in the dugout by skipper Rohit, who was dismissed for 25.
Hanuma Vihari was also sent packing after India broke the 50-run mark, and Shreyas Iyer was fired by Krishna as Leicestershire put India down to 55/4.