The Indian team is currently engaged in a 3-day warm-up match against a County Select XI in Durham’s Riverside Emirates ground, on July 20, 2021. Indians are captained by Rohit Sharma who won the toss and chose to bat first.
Indian team management has rested the likes of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammad Shami. And more interestingly, Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan have been included in the County Select XI team. Avesh even opened the bowling with Craig Miles.
The openers Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal were expected to do well but Rohit fell cheaply for 9 runs, caught by Jack Carson off Lyndon James. Rohit tried to pull a short ball, which took the top edge and was caught nicely by Carson while running backward.
Mayank was looking good, as he is probably auditioning for the role of Rohit Sharma’s partner in the upcoming five-Test series against England. However, after making 28 in 35 balls with 6 fours to his name. Mayank got an inswinger from James, which he completely missed while playing a forward defensive shot and had his stumps disturbed.
At the time of writing this article, Indians were 70/3 in 25 overs, with Cheteshwar Pujara falling for 21 runs to Jack Carson.