Tour of England: Rohit Sharma leads India in County XI warm-up match

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Indian skipper Rohit Sharma (right) with XI County skipper Will Rhodes with in the draw ahead of the three-day warm-up match at Riverside in Durham on Tuesday.
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Durham: The Indian Test team playing the three-day warm-up match against County Select XI encountered fitness issues after skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane were excluded due to issues that drove Rohit Sharma to take the reins. Opposition pace pitcher Avesh Khan later injured his thumb on the first day of play and had to leave the pitch.

“Captain Virat Kohli felt some stiffness in his back on Monday evening and the BCCI medical team advised him to rest after the three-day first-class warm-up match,” a statement from the council said. cricket control in India (BCCI).

“Vice Captain Ajinkya Rahane has a slight swelling around his upper left hamstrings. This was resolved with an injection. He is not available for the three-day First Class warm-up match. BCCI medical officer is watching him and he should fully recover in time for the first test against England from August 4 in Nottingham, ”the statement added.

Avesh and Washington Sundar represent County Select XI as the England and Wales Cricket Council (ECB) were unable to muster eleven players on the pitch due to injury and Covid-19.

ECB has asked Indian team management to let two Indian contingent players play for County Select XI after some of their players were deemed unavailable due to injury or close contact with a positive person at Covid-19. As a result, Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan have been made available to play for their team, ”the statement said.

Avesh threw 9.5 overs and allowed 41 runs against the Indians before being hit by a shot from Hanuma Vihari. The right-hand coach, who traveled to England as one of four reserve players, was in pain and had to leave the pitch.

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