India vs Leicestershire Day 1 Highlights: India 246/8 as rain causes early stumps in Leicester
- India vs Leicestershire Day 1 Highlights: KS Bharat remained unbeaten on 70 as India closed the day with a score of 246 for the loss of eight wickets.
India vs Leicestershire Day 1 Highlights: A solid half-century from KS Bharat ensured that India reached 246/8 at stumps on Day 1 of their warm-up match against Leicestershire. Bharat ensured that India did not lose momentum despite the wicket of a set Virat Kohli for 33. He took India over the 200-run mark, a fine recovery by the touring team after they lost their first five wickets for 82 runs. Kohli and KS Bharat had steadied India with a 57-run stand but the partnership ended as Roman Walker dismissed the former India captain out LBW. The 21-year-old youngster then dismissed Shardul Thakur to complete a five-wicket-haul to reduce India. Earlier, India's top order failed to fire as the top five batters were back with just 85 on the board. Rohit Sharma, Hanuma Vihari and Ravindra Jadeja fell to Walker. Shubman Gill got a start but departed for 21, while Shreyas Iyer endured a first-ball duck.
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Jun 23, 2022 09:21 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Day 1 Live score: STUMPS!
Sure enough, stumps have been called. India are 246/8, KS Bharat unbeaten on 70 off 111 balls with Mohammed Shami 18 (26) at the other end. Virat Kohli was India's second highest run scorer with 33 off 69. Jasprit Bumrah, meanwhile, bowled nine overs for no wickets.
Jun 23, 2022 09:05 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Day 1 Live: The rains come in and the players go out!
It looks like stumps may be called soon as well.
Jun 23, 2022 08:56 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live: FOUR! What a shot by Shami!
How about that! Well he did score that match winning half century at Lord's a year ago, did Shami. Frees his arms and cuts it to the ropes.
Jun 23, 2022 08:55 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Day 1 Live score: Four! Crunched by Bharat
Bharat nails the pull shot and sends the ball rocketing to the deep square leg boundary. He moves to 65.
Jun 23, 2022 08:48 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Day 1 Live: Nearly a mix-up!
KS Bharat and Shami set off for a single but it was not on. The throw comes in to the striker's end but the batter has made his ground.
Jun 23, 2022 08:39 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score Day 1: OUT! Umesh's cameo ends
It was fun while it lasted and India would take plenty from Umesh Yadav's useful 23 run knock off 32 balls which included four boundaries. Umesh tried to hit it out of the ground but was out caught at deep mid wicket. India 8 down with 215 on the board and in walks Mohammed Shami to join Bharat.
Jun 23, 2022 08:35 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score Day 1: FIFTY for Bharat
There you have it. A quick couple of runs will give KS Bharat his half-century. On a surface where India's top order struggled barring Virat Kohli, KS Bharat has proven his mettle with a gritty fifty. He celebrates it with a glorious cover drive for four that beats the fielder at mid-off.
Jun 23, 2022 08:30 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score Day 1: India cross 200
A fine recovery this by India to bring up their 200. Umesh has brilliantly moved to 23 off 30 balls with some lusty blows, while Bharat is two runs short of what would be a gritty half-century.
Jun 23, 2022 08:19 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score Day 1: Bharat goes after it
KS Bharat… well, he is in T20 mode. He is swinging anything and everything that is being delivered to him. Two fours for Bharat in this session already as he moves to 47. A fifty is there for the taking. India 191/7 after 49 overs.
Jun 23, 2022 08:06 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score Day 1: We're back with the final session
Plenty of action yet to unfold in the next 2 hours. India looking for runs, Leicestershire searching three wickets. Quite possible that we might get to see Cheteshwar Pujara bat today itself. And then there is Pant, who has not taken the field since the second session.
Jun 23, 2022 07:48 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score: TEA taken! Second session ends
A session that began well for India, saw Leicestershire have the last laugh. After Kohli and Bharat revived their team with a 50-partnerhip, Roman Walker picked up two wickets to reduce India to 175/7 at the tea interval. Bharat is still batting, and Umesh can swing. India would certainly be eyeing that 250-run mark. We'll be back shortly with the final session. Stay tuned.
Jun 23, 2022 07:44 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score Day 1: Bharat switches gears too, IND racing along
Now KS Bharat gets in the act. Hits Nathan Bowley, first spinner of the day, for a SIX and FOUR off back-to-back deliveries. The crowd is loving every bit of it as the big shots have started to come out.
Jun 23, 2022 07:42 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score Day 1: Umesh swings, and gets FOURS
Well, just as we expected, India going for it now. Umesh Yadav cracks 2 fours off three balls off Walker. Gives himself room and thwacks them through the off side. We know how long can Umesh tonk them. Even Bharat enjoyed it India 162/7 after 45 overs.
Jun 23, 2022 07:40 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score Day 1: 150 comes up for India
FOUR byes from Prasidh and that will complete 150 runs for India. They are 7 wickets down but rest assured, will try and bat with intent now. No holding back. Expect some fireworks.
Jun 23, 2022 07:33 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Day 1: OUT! Shardul bowled, Walker gets 5
What a day it is turning out to be for 21-year-old Roman Walker. Shardul Thakur misjudges, shoulders arms and gets clean bowled. And with that, it's a five-wicket haul for the youngster. Here this for a moment. Walker's wickets include Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja and Shardul Thakur. There will be some celebrations in the change room tonight.
Jun 23, 2022 07:24 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Day 1: OUT! End of Virat Kohli
Oh no. The ball no Indian fan present at the stadium wished to see - one that sends Virat Kohli back. And it's that man Roman Walker again who gets the wicket. Initially the appeal was for caught behind as the Leicestershire players celebrated without even waiting for the umpire. The official however took time and raised his finger. As it turns out, Kohli is out LBW. Kohli waited, asked the umpire why he was given out before finally walking back. The parnership ends, Kohli goes for 33. India 138/6 in 40.3 overs.
Jun 23, 2022 07:18 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Day 1: Bharat plays the glance, gets FOUR
First Boundary for India after the rain interval. Prasidh loses his line and Bharat finds the middle of his bat. Tucks it of his pads, gets a boundary and moves to 15. The partnership reaches 57 off 100 balls.
Jun 23, 2022 07:14 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score: The Prasidh vs Kohli battle
Prasidh Krishna has extracted decent bounce on this surface and it has kept Kohli on his toes. Barring that one authoritative shot for six, the battle between Kohli and Prasidh has been rather exciting to watch. However, with the ball now becoming old, Prasidh may not be as threatening, and it's an ideal time for Kohli to make the most of it.
Jun 23, 2022 07:03 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live score Day 1: Covers off, let the cricket begin
As expected, the delay isn't a long one and we are set for action to resume. The umpires have walked out and as have the Leicestershire team along with Virat Kohli and KS Bharat. Play should resume shortly.
Jun 23, 2022 06:46 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live score Day 1: Rain returns, players walk off
A second spell of rain has arrived and it is strong enough to force the players off the field. The good thing is that it is expected to be a passing shower, which means the delay shouldn't be too long. Stay tuned. We'll bring you updates as and when we receive them.
Jun 23, 2022 06:45 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live score Day 1: SMASHED! Six for Kohli
First real lose delivery from Prasidh and Kohli has lashed onto it. Pulls it away for a six. With that, the fifty partnership between him and Bharat is up. India 133/5
Jun 23, 2022 06:43 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Day 1 Live score: BIG APPEAL but Kohli surives
Sakande and Leicestershire go up as they believe they have gotten Virat Kohli. But no reaction from the umpire. Even Kohli looked surprised in disbelief. Kohli went after a wide ball and there was a big deviation as the ball passed the bat and went into the hands of the slip fielder. Sakande went up but his emotions weren't echoed by the umpire. Possibly a bump ball? Could be. Kohli himself was seen explaining to the bowlers why he was not out.
Jun 23, 2022 06:24 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Day 1 Live score: FOUR! Kohli whips out the cover drive
Kohli has been trying to connect the cover drive in this over. He was beaten once, and then beaten on the outside edge again while trying to defend. Kohli then middles the drive and the ball rushes to the boundary. Kohli moves to 21.
Jun 23, 2022 06:22 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live: Misfield from Pujara!
It was a straightforward pickup for Pujara but the ball seems to bounce just in front of him and bursts away off his chest. He collects it and it allows Bharat to take a single.
Jun 23, 2022 06:14 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Day 1 Live: Kohli, Bharat look to break free
Virat Kohli starting to try and play a bit more expansively, as is KS Bharat. But both players are finding the fielders quite consistently and so all those shots produce singles at best.
Jun 23, 2022 06:05 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live: Kohli slashes Bumrah for FOUR
First real sign of aggression from Kohli as he goes after Bumrah and slashes him over the slips for a four. This is the first time in red-ball cricket that Bumrah has bowled to Kohli. And what a first over it has been. India 104/5 in 30 overs as Kohli reached 15 off 41 balls.
Jun 23, 2022 06:03 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score: Bumrah returns, conceded 5 WIDES
Jasprit Bumrah returns for his second spell but his start isn't promising as he concedes five wides. Way out of Bharat's reach as the ball pitches on the corner of the pitch and beats the slip cordon to go rolling onto the ropes behind. With that, the 100 comes up for India.
Jun 23, 2022 05:56 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score Day 1: SURPRISE SURPRISE! The covers are off
The rain has stopped and the hover cover has been taken off. Which means, that albeit after a short rain delay, we are back with the action as India resume their first innings at 90/5 on Day 1. Kohli takes strike after lunch and he plays the first ball of the session from Sakande to Bumrah at mid-on.
Jun 23, 2022 05:51 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score: Rain delays start of second session
We are 10 minutes past the start of the second session but still continue to wait since it is raining in Leicester. The covers are still on and although not much is known, the broadcast has a huge 'RAIN' sign displayed on the screen.
Jun 23, 2022 05:35 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score: Weather update - It has started to drizzle
As the players take the lunch break, the live visuals aren't too encouraging. Rain was expected in the day and the commentators on air repeatedly mentioned the possibility of showers at some point during the day. Unfortunately, it seems as if the rain has come a little early. The pitch is currently covered by the Hover Cover. We are waiting for an official update.
Jun 23, 2022 05:24 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score: Virat Kohli, a pillar of patience
While the rest of the Indian batters got out playing shots, Virat Kohli has batted patiently. He has faced 32 balls, the second most in the innings after Rohit Sharma, and although he has scored only 9 runs, Kohli has looked in control of his innings. No false shot, no plays and misses. And most importantly, he has left balls well outside off.
Jun 23, 2022 05:22 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live: What a session for Roman Walker
21-year-old Roman Walker, who is yet to play a First-Class game has dismissed India stalwarts Rohit Sharma, Hanuma Vihari and Ravindra Jadeja. It's a story he would proudly tell his grandkids. He got Rohit out playing his favourite pull shot before getting Vihari out caught behind. The Jadeja wicket though takes the cake as the ball landed in line, kept coming back in and thudded on to the batter's pads. A dream spell from the youngster.
Jun 23, 2022 05:03 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score Day 1: Full and driven for 4, end of first session
KS Bharat brings out a beautiful cover drive, gets four to end the first session. India 90/5 at lunch on Day 1 against Leicestershire. Not the kind of session India would have wanted to have but that's what practice matches are about, eh? The top order failed to fire as Rohit and Gill fell after starts, while Vihari, Iyer and Jadeja departed cheaply. Leicestershire have used the overcast sky and the grassy pitch to their advantage. First session belonged to the hosts, but with Virat Kohli still batting, India would breathe slightly easy.
Jun 23, 2022 05:01 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score: Kohli, Bharat consume overs
And some would say it's the right decision. With India five down, Kohli and KS Bharat have bided their time and playing for lunch. Kohli has played the waiting game well, scoring 9 off 32 balls, including two fours. Bharat is 2 off 14 but no one would mind.
Jun 23, 2022 04:50 PM IST
IND vs LEI Live Score: OUT! Jadeja this time
Terrific comeback by Roman Walker, who after getting hit for a four, gets Ravindra Jadeja out the very next ball. Pitches in line and comes back in to rap Jadeja on the pad. It looked stone dead and the finger was raised immediately. Brilliant from Walker, who now has Rohit, Vihari and Jadeja. India in serious trouble at 82/5
Jun 23, 2022 04:44 PM IST
IND vs LEI Live Score: FOURS for Kohli, Jadeja
Consecutive boundaries for India. Virat Kohli drives Sakande and gets a four wide of gully. Next ball, first of the second over, Ravindra Jadeja connects a crisp straight drive.
Jun 23, 2022 04:37 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score: Bonus runs for India
Plenty of bounce there for Prasidh Krishna, so much so that it beats wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, not once but twice. Five wides and Four byes as finally runs begin to flow for India. Ravindra Jadeja takes strike and he gets going immediately as well. Gets a thick outside edge to pick up a boundary and times the ball well to pick up three runs. India 72/4 after 22 overs.
Jun 23, 2022 04:28 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score: OUT! Prasidh gets Iyer
First wicket of the match for Prasidh Krishna, who gets Shreyas Iyer out caught behind. India in trouble at 55/4. Fuller delivery, and Iyer's eyes light up. He goes for an ambitious drive but the ball nicks the inside edge and lands in Rishabh Pant's gloves. An 11-ball duck for Iyer.
Jun 23, 2022 04:18 PM IST
IND vs LEI Live Score: OUT! India 3 down
Another wicket goes down for India as Hanuma Vihari edges to give Roman Walker his second wicket. First Rohit and now Vihari, two really goo wickets to get for young Walker. Kohli is joined by Shreyas Iyer. India 54/3 after 18 overs.
Jun 23, 2022 04:12 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score: FOUR! Kohli off the mark
Huge cheer from the crowd as out walks Virat Kohli. After two dot balls balls, Kohli gets off the mark and what a way to do. Tucks the ball off his pads and gets a four. Poor fielding at fine leg allows the ball to go to the boundary, but it's runs nonetheless.
Jun 23, 2022 04:10 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live: Rohit OUT to pull shot
Roman Walker with a big wickets as he gets Rohit Sharma out to the pull shot. Hurries on to Rohit as he goes for the pull shot. Top edges it and the ball was safely pouched by Sakande at midwicket. Rohit's rather uncomfortable stay comes to an end. He goes for 25. India 50/2 after 16 overs.
Jun 23, 2022 04:03 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score: FIFTY up for India
Hanuma Vihari is taking his time reaching 3 off 15 while Rohit Sharma is 25 off 45. Together, they have brought up India to their 50 inside 15 overs. One wicket down, 50 up. India won't mind this start.
Jun 23, 2022 03:54 PM IST
IND vs LEI Warm-up match Live: Rohit with the PULL SHOT
However, he doesn't connect it as well as he would have liked to. Prasidh rushes on to him, and although Rohit got in position early, he wasn't in full control of it. As the ball was cut iff just near the boundary, Rohit and Vihari complete three runs.
Jun 23, 2022 03:52 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score: Glorious FOUR from Rohit
Davis bowls at good length but Rohit decided to punish it. Rocked onto his backfoot and crashed the ball through the off side for a delightful boundary. Takes a single the next ball. In between overs, Bumrah was seen having a word with Rohit, possibly talking about the blow on the box. India 45/1 after 12 overs.
Jun 23, 2022 03:44 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score Day 1: ASHWIN has landed in Leicestershire
The commentators just announced on air that R Ashwin has indeed landed in Leicestershire, which means there is a big possibility that he takes part in this warm-up in some capacity. Meanwhile, Prasidh Krishna replaces Jasprit Bumrah. Begins well as he squares up Rohit first ball.
Jun 23, 2022 03:42 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Score Day 1: OUT, Gill falls
First wicket down for India as Shubman Gill edges Davis to Pant. Almost an apologetic catch from the wicketkeeper there but none the less, a breakthrough for Leicestershire. India 35/1 in 9.1 overs
Jun 23, 2022 03:38 PM IST
IND vs LEI Live Score: Bumrah to Gill - FOUR
Brilliant from Bumrah to pitch the ball up but equally delightful strokeplay from Gill, who drives his India teammate down the ground for a beautiful four. That's the fourth time Gill has found the boundary. Nine overs gone and India have progressed well to move to 35/0.
Jun 23, 2022 03:33 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live: Bumrah to Rohit - FOUR
An excellent over by Bumrah to Rohit comes to an end. The last ball caught Rohit's edge but the ball went along the ground, beat the slip cordon into the boundary. Rohit moves to 13* off 26, Gill 16* off 21 as India reach 29/0 after 7 overs.
Jun 23, 2022 03:27 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live: Bumrah hits Rohit in the BOX
Vicious movement for Bumrah, off the pitch, as the ball hits Rohit flat on the box. Rohit goes down, Pant and Gill walk up to check on him. Out come the physio and thankfully, everything looks fine. Rohit has a look at his box and we continue with the proceedings.
Jun 23, 2022 03:24 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live Day 1: No trouble for Gill and Rohit
Bumrah is easily the more threatening of the two bowlers but so far it's been nothing alarming for either Rohit or Gill. Both batters help themselves to another boundary each. Rohit drive Bumrah for his first four, while Gill whipped David of his legs for his third boundary. India have raced to 24/0 after 6 overs. Gill 15* off 17, Rohit 9* off 19
Jun 23, 2022 03:17 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live: Second FOUR for Gill
Davis errs in line just slightly but it's enough for Shubman Gill to capitalise. Onto his pads and the Indian opener tucks it away on the legside for his second boundary. No fielder there and Gill makes the most of the wide vacant area on the on-side. After 4 overs, India are 14/0
Jun 23, 2022 03:11 PM IST
IND vs LEI Live Score Day 1: FOUR! Gill creams Bumrah through covers
First boundary of the match and for India as Shubman Gill caresses a cover drive wide of Cheteshwar Pujara. Lovely stroke by Gill, but a fine comeback from Bumrah as he beats the outside edge of the Indian opener. Swooshes into Pant's gloves. This is going to be something. India 10/0 after 3 overs.
Jun 23, 2022 03:09 PM IST
IND vs LEI Live Score: Couple of twos for Rohit
WS Davis with his military medium pace not troubling Rohit much as the India captain taps the ball wide of gully for a couple of twos. Little movement for Davis as he squares up Rohit. India 5/0 after 2 overs. Alright then… Bumrah back.
Jun 23, 2022 03:06 PM IST
IND vs LEI Live Score: Bumrah with the new ball, Rohit takes strike
This is really interesting. This Leicestershire side is filled with Indian stars and we got a view of what it's like seeing Bumrah bowling to his captain Rohit. Plenty of movement off the surface and Rohit takes a single to get of the mark. India 1/0 after the 1st over.
Jun 23, 2022 02:57 PM IST
Indians vs Leicestershire Live Score: What Indians are looking for through this warm-up
Rohit Sharma: It looks like a challenging pitch so we want to give a chance to try ourselves out on it. We are happy to be here and play ahead of the Test match starting 1st July. For us it's to be aware of the game situation, understanding what each individual needs to do. The series is on the line so very important to make sure we tick all boxes.
Jun 23, 2022 02:42 PM IST
Indians vs Leicestershire, Day 1 Updates: Rohit Sharma wins toss
Indian captain Rohit Sharma has won the toss and has opted to bat in the four-day game. Today marks the completion of Rohit's 15 years in international cricket and while this may not be an official game, he has gotten the day off to a good start.
Jun 23, 2022 02:37 PM IST
Indians vs Leicestershire, Day 1 Updates: Last year, Kohli skipped the warm-up
Last year, during the build-up to the India vs England Test series, Virat Kohli had decided to give the warm-up tie against the Select County XI a miss. This was after India had lost the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, and in Kohli's absence, it was Rohit leading the team. This time around though, the chances of it happening are very low, as this is the only practice game that stands between now and the July 1, start of the Edgbaston Test.
Jun 23, 2022 02:33 PM IST
Indians vs Leicestershire, Day 1 Updates: Half an hour away from the start
The match will begin at 3:00 PM IST, and as we mentioned, you can catch the live score and all updates on this space. Irrespective of which teams bat first, we will see Indians in action as Pujara and Pant are the two batters that will be playing for Leicestershire. And if the Indians bat, the two biggies, Rohit and Kohli will be up batting in swinging conditions.
Jun 23, 2022 02:22 PM IST
Indians vs Leicestershire, Live Score Day 1: Update on R Ashwin
It is still not clear whether Ashwin has landed in England. India initially announced a 17-member Test squad for the England Test, out of which 15 will be featuring in this warm-up game. Barring Ashwin, other absentee is of course KL Rahul, who injured his groin ahead of the South Africa T20Is at home and is currently in Germany for treatment.
Jun 23, 2022 02:19 PM IST
Indians vs Leicestershire, Live Score: What the warm-up means for the Indians
Well, 2 things. It's an opportunity for the seniors to get their groove back, and second, it's a chance for the youngsters to push their case. The likes of Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja are returning after a long break, while Shubman Gill will have a prove to point. Even Cheteshwar Pujara would be eager to show that dropping him from India's Test squad was a mistake. With three centuries in the County season, Pujara has returned to the Test fold and some handy practice here ahead of the England Test would be the ideal tonic for India's No. 3.
Jun 23, 2022 02:12 PM IST
IND vs LEI, Live Score: Update from Uptonsteel County Ground
Leicestershire's YouTube page shared a video few hours back showing the Indian cricketers going about their paces. Rishabh Pant was seen in a jolly mood, while Rohit was seen keenly observing the proceedings. Pujara too dine some catching drills. The camera then panned towards the Indian nets, where Pant and Ravindra Jadeja were seen middling the ball with huge THUDS! It's already action-packed.
Jun 23, 2022 02:04 PM IST
IND vs LEI, Live Day 1: Four Indian players to represent Leicestershire
Warm-up matches are always fun. Players may retire mid-way, and occasionally even field for the opposition. Something similar may happen across the next 4 days as four Indian players - Rishabh Pant, Cheteshwar Pujara, Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna - will be turning up for Leicestershire. All three boards, LCCC, BCCI and the ECB have allowed it. Furthermore, the match will feature 13 players per side.
Jun 23, 2022 02:01 PM IST
IND vs LEI, Warm-up match Live: Will Virat Kohli play?
The big question surrounding the warm-up game is whether Virat Kohli will feature in this match? Leicestershire's Twitter handle had shared videos of Kohli batting and practicing in the nets with all sorts of witty and catchy captions. But it was reported that Kohli did not practice on the eve of the match. This may not be a deal breaker since it is pretty usual for all players to not practice. However, if and when he turns out, how he bats on his return to Test cricket will be right up there on everyone's mind.
Jun 23, 2022 01:59 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Live: The build-up
First thing's first. After a long time, all of India's star players will turn up together for a long tour ahead. India play England in three ODIs, three T20Is and of course, the important fifth Test of the series from last year. With India leading the series 2-1, they wouldn't want to squander the opportunity of a huge series win, which would be their first in England since 2007. Which is why the practice game against Leicestershire becomes all the more important today.
Jun 23, 2022 01:54 PM IST
India vs Leicestershire Day 1 Live Score
Hello and a very warm welcome to everyone. Today we will bring you the first match from India's tour of England 2022 as the Indian take on Leicestershire in a four-day game. Although this won't count as an official game, it's significance cannot be undermined. Ahead of the all-important decisive fifth Test starting at Edgbaston on July 1, India's big shots will have a shot at red-ball cricket, which they aim to utilise to get acclimatised to the conditions in the UK. More importantly, this match marks the return of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to professional cricket after both were rested for the home series against South Africa. Not much is at stake but at the same time, there's plenty to play for here.
- Former England captain Michael Vaughan said players like Alex Lees were batting like Geoffrey Boycott but now they have begun to attack under new captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum.
- Stokes doesn't want to stop at achieving the highest-ever runchase in his country's history against arguably one of the world's best bowling attacks. He wants his players to achieve more, he wants them to push the boundaries. In fact, he doesn't even know where that boundary is.
- Ace India spinner R Ashwin was dropped from the playing eleven for the fifth Test against England, which they lost by seven wickets. After the defeat, India head coach Rahul Dravid explained the reasons behind the team selection.
- ECB used nothing but an emoji in the caption to describe two photos - one was Kohli directing Bairstow to shush with the globally accepted finger on lips gesture and the other one was the former India captain hugging the England batter after the hosts had beaten India by 7 wickets in the fifth Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
- Looking at Virat Kohli's theatrics, former England cricketer David Lloyd couldn't help but wonder what would have happened if there was physicality involved in the sport.
- Following the victory, their fan group, Barmy Army sent out a tweet, but it did not go down well with a senior India cricketer.
- The Edgbaston Test defeat after England chased down 378 has exposed several chinks in the team for coach Rahul Dravid to work on.
- But unequal scheduling and opportunities in cricket mean we are a long way from ensuring absolute gender parity
- The inability to defend another total in the fourth innings would have sent alarm bells ringing in the Indian camp
- Former English cricketer and renowned commentator David Lloyd has highlighted an important factor which he feels cost India the Test.
- All this new England need are two numbers—the target and the time left. The rest doesn't matter
- Rishabh Pant scored a century and half century in the fifth Test against England.