After India’s loss against New Zealand in the WTC final, Virat Kohli and his army would hope to cope up against the England side. The five-match Test series between India and England will kickstart from August 2021. Currently, the Indian side is playing their 3-day practice match against the County Select 11.
The battle began today only. However, the most shocking news that came today was the absence of 2 players from the Indian squad players. Indian captain Virat Kohli and Vice Captain Ajinkya Rahane are not playing.
Mumbai Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma is leading the side. At the same time, KL Rahul is also back on the side following Saha and Pant’s absence. The pace bowling department is also filled with new faces in Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, and Umesh Yadav.
The website of BCCI stated the reason why Virat Kohli was not playing the game. It stated Captain Virat Kohli felt some stiffness in his back on late Monday evening. The BCCI medical team has advised the skipper to rest by not participating in the game.
The side also had the reason for Rahane’s absence. Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has mild swelling around his left upper hamstring. This has been addressed by an injection. He is not available for the three-day first-class warm-up game. The medical team is optimistic about Rahane’s recovery as they hope to get him fit before the series begins. It would be a wait-and-watch moment to see how the injury goes ahead.
Rahul has been the highest run-scorer so far for India
The game has started with India opening the batting. After winning the toss, the Indian side has posted 181 runs on the board at the loss of 4 wickets. KL Rahul has been the highest run-scorer so far, with 72 not out at the crease.