LONDON: KL Rahul (Photo) scored a hundred as an Indian side without the injured Virat Kohli went 306-9 on day one of their three-day game against a County Select XI at Chester-le-Street on Tuesday.
The hastily-arranged match was designed to give India a bit of practice ahead of a five-test run against England starting next month.
It comes after India captain Kohli bemoaned a recent shortage of red ball cricket following his side’s loss to New Zealand in the first Test World Championship final last month in Southampton.
Nottinghamshire’s Lyndon James had an unforgettable day on Tuesday sacking substitute captain Rohit Sharma and teammate Mayank Agarwal before Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari went downhill.
But Rahul continued before retiring on 101, with versatile Ravindra Jadeja scoring 75.
Kohli felt stiffness in his back on Monday evening and the medical team at the Cricket Control Board in India told him to rest.
Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane also missed the game due to what BCCI said was a slight swelling around his upper left hamstrings.
The board added that this had been treated with an injection, with the batsman expected to recover “well in time” for the first test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham from 4 August.
Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan Indians are set to play for County Select XI after England and Wales Cricket Council asked tourist management for the loan of two players after some of County XI’s original selections had been excluded because of an injury or because they were close contacts of a person who tested positive for Covid-19.
This match will see the Indian team wear black armbands in memory of Yashpal Sharma, a member of the Indian team that won the 1983 World Cup, following his death from a heart attack at the age age 66 on July 13. – AFP