Cheteshwar Pujara has returned to the Indian Test team after being dropped in the home series against Sri Lanka. The 34-year-old batter made the most of the time he got during the IPL window. In April-May, Pujara was playing County Cricket in England. In 5 games for Sussex, the Indian batter scored 720 runs including four centuries, two of which, he converted to double tons.
Meanwhile, the Indian team is playing a practice match against Leicestershire County Club. Four Indian players; Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, and Prasidh Krishna are playing for Leicestershire, so each and every player of the squad gets practice ahead of the match vs England.
Shami cheered Cheteshwar Pujara up after dismissing him on duck
However, Cheteshwar Pujara couldn’t carry his County form forward in the ongoing match. In the first innings of Leicestershire, India’s Wall 2.0 failed to open his account as Mohammed Shami’s inswing delivery knocks bails after getting deflected from his bat.
A disappointed Pujara was heading back to the pavilion, but then Shami went to him and leaped on his shoulders to cheer him up. The batter was seen smiling after his Indian teammate’s gesture,
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Talking about the scorecard of the warm-up game so far, India had declared there innings after scoring 246 runs, KS Bharat being their top scorer with 70 runs. 21-year-old Roman Walker picked a five-for during the innings and Prasidh Krishna struck one as sent back Shreyas Iyer on duck. While India’s front-line pacer Jasprit Bumrah remained wicketless. When this article was posted, Foxes were 88 per 4 with Rishabh Pant and Rishi Patel on the crease.
The one-off Test is all set to commence on July 1. Currently, England are playing the last Test of the series against the Kiwis. So far, the no.6 ranked England has dominated Kane Williamson-led side. Joe Root’s troops have moved on since the 4-0 Ashes humiliation in Australia.