Ahead of the fifth test match scheduled against England on July 1, the Indian side will face Leicestershire in a four-day warm-up match starting on Thursday. The rescheduled fixture is part of last year’s five-match Test series which had to be delayed after the fourth Test due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp. The warm-up match will be an opportunity for the Men in Blue to cement themselves under the new conditions after a long stretch for the all-important fifth Test. The series is in favor of the visitors, who lead 2-1 after beating the hosts in the fourth Test at the Ring last year by 157 points.
Meanwhile, Indian team star players Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna have been added to rival Leicestershire County Cricket Club (LCCC). They will play under County captain Sam Evans.
“Indian superstars Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna will all team up with the Leicestershire side, led by opening batsman Sam Evans,” the English club said in a statement.
“LCCC, BCCI and the ECB have all agreed to allow the four players from the visiting camp to be part of the Running Foxes squad, in order to allow all members of the traveling group to participate in the match (subject to conditions physical).
“The match will be played with 13 players per side to provide more flexibility and help manage bowling workloads.”
Captain Rohit Sharma will captain India for their warm-up match against Leicestershire as well as the rescheduled Test match against England, starting July 1 at Edgbaston.
“India arrived in Leicestershire on Sunday, before undertaking their first training and net session at Uptonsteel County Ground on Monday morning,” the little Englishman’s statement added.
“The world’s second-highest-ranked team in Tests trained for three days ahead of tomorrow’s four-day game against the Running Foxes, which carries out the rescheduled fifth Test against England at Edgbaston in early July.”
India: Rohit Sharma (Capt), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Umesh Yadav.
Leicestershire CCC: Sam Evans (Capt), Rehan Ahmed, Sam Bates (wk), Nat Bowley, Will Davis, Joey Evison, Louis Kimber, Abi Sakande, Roman Walker, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna.
With ANI inputs
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