India vs Select County XI Live: Virat Kohli opts out of practice game as he felt some stiffness in his back, reveals BCCI – India captain Virat Kohli opted out of the practice match against Select County XI on Tuesday as he felt some stiffness in his back. BCCI confirmed the news on Tuesday and also said that he was advised to rest thus Rohit Sharma is captaining the side at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street.
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“Captain Virat Kohli felt some stiffness in his back on late Monday evening and he has been advised rest from the three-day first-class warm-up game by the BCCI Medical Team,” BCCI said in the press release.
BCCI also revealed why India vice-capatin Ajinkya Rahane did not feature in the practice game. “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 BCCI Medical Team is monitoring him, and he is expected to fully recover well in time for the first Test against England starting from 4th August at Nottingham,” BCCI stated.
The ECB made a request to the Indian team management to let two players from the Indian contingent play for County Select XI after some of their players were deemed to be unavailable either due to injury or close contacts of a Covid-19 positive person. Accordingly, Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan have been made available to play for their team.
Team India are wearing black armbands to mourn the sad demise of former India cricketer Yashpal Sharmaji, who sadly passed away on 13th July after a cardiac arrest. Head Coach Ravi Shastri was his teammate in the 1983 World Cup-winning squad.
India vs Select County XI Live: Meanwhile, India won the toss and opted to bat first on Day 1 of the practice match. India lost both their openers Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal and number 3 Cheteshwar Pujara in the first session of the innings. At the start of the 2nd session, India also lost Hanuma Vihari. KL Rahul is inching towards fifty while Ravindra Jadeja is at the crease with him.