India’s all-format captain Rohit Sharma on Monday began his practice in Leicestershire ahead of the fifth Test in England starting July 1. A tour match against the county team at Grace Road from June 24-27. Rohit scored 368 runs including a century in the first four Tests. (Also Read | ‘Not making any statement. Things got bad when…’: Harbhajan refuses to make predictions about IND vs PAK T20WC fixture,
In a video shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Instagram, Rohit and his opening partner Shubman Gill were seen walking with the bat in a net session.
The BCCI wrote along with the video, “#TeamIndia captains of openers @rohitsharma45 & @shubmangil getting into the groove on the first day of our net session.”
In the pictures shared by the BCCI, all-rounder Kamlesh Nagarkoti was also seen training with Shardul Thakur and Jasprit Bumrah, hinting that the young pacer could have been included as a net bowler. “Hello from Leicester and for a week our training base will be @leicsccc #TeamIndia,” BCCI wrote on Twitter along with the pictures.
India and England attempted to complete their incomplete five-match series, with India leading 2-1. While Rohit makes a comeback after being rested for the T20 Internationals against South Africa, Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara has also found a return to the 17-man squad due to his stellar performances for Sussex in the County Championship.
Under Rohit, India will play in full force in the crucial Test against England, which was scheduled last September at Old Trafford but was postponed following Covid-19 cases in the Indian camp. Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah will also be seen in action after missing home assignments against South Africa.
Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer will also join the Test squad, making a change from the T20I format. “We would be keen to win the Test going to be played in England and from a personal point of view I am willing to contribute more to the team with the bat,” Pant said in a post-match presentation after the South Africa series. Ended in a 2-2 draw.
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