Team India is gearing up for a highly-anticipated rescheduled fifth Test against England starting on July 1 in Edgbaston. Ahead of the fifth and final Test, Team India are locking horns with Leicestershire in a 4-day warm-up game at Grace Road, Leicester. After India’s top-order batters failed to deliver an impressive performance in the first innings, Srikar Bharat emerged as a standout batter as he rescued India by scoring 70 off 111 deliveries.
Team India managed to post 246/8 before Rohit Sharma declared the innings at the start of Day 2. In response, Leicester had a troublesome start as their opener batter Samuel Evans (1 off 22) was dismissed by Md. Shami in the 7th over of the match. India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara who is representing Leicestershire in the warm-up game came out in the middle hoping to continue his recent form.
But, Shami wasted no time in spoiling Pujara’s plan as he bowled him on the very first delivery the batter faced. The India pacer bowled a good length delivery to which Pujara tried to hit it on the off-side, but the batter only managed to get a thick bottom edge as the ball went on to dislodge the stumps. Much to everyone’s surprise, Pujara was out on duck and Shami spread his arms to celebrate the wicket and ran towards Pujara, celebrating by giving him a tight hug.
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Mohammad Shami picks Cheteshwar Pujara in the warm up game and later apologise for it. pic.twitter.com/3mQRoYE6U2
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Notably, Pujara has made a remarkable comeback to the Test squad after being earlier dropped from the home series against Sri Lanka. During the County Championship, Pujara surprised everyone by scoring 720 runs in 8 innings with an average of 120.00, including four centuries to his name.
The Indian batter finished as the sixth highest run-getter in the County Championship despite playing two matches less than others. His performance forced Indian selectors to include him in the Test squad against England.
Speaking of the match, Leicestershire has scored 101 at the loss of four wickets, while Rishabh Pant and Rishi Patel are trying to steady their innings. For Team India, Md. Shami and Siraj have picked two wickets each in the game.