Indian bowling all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin joined the Indian team in England before the four-day warm-up match against Leicestershire. He was infected with the covid-19 virus but has now recovered.
The Indian players arrived in Leicester in batches a few days back. They were asked to undergo an RT-PCR test before boarding the flight. Ravichandran Ashwin’s test came positive, as a result, he failed to depart with the squad. The off-spinner was in quarantine and has recovered. He joined the rest of the Indian team in England before the four-day warm-up match.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed the news on their social media handles. Ahead of the warm-up, they posted a few pictures of the Indian players warming up, including Ravichandran Ashwin.
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The warm-up match will serve as preparation for the Indian players ahead of the fifth rescheduled test match against England. Ravichandran Ashwin was part of the Indian camp last year for the first four tests. However, he did not get an opportunity, as the team preferred all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. This time, if the conditions suit two spinners, Ashwin might be in contention for a playing XI spot.
India 90/5 at Lunch against Leicestershire in the warm-up match
The Indian batters struggled in the first session in the four-day warm-up match against Leicestershire. Opting to bat first, India lost Shubman Gill early for 21 runs. Soon his opening partner and skipper Rohit Sharma also went back to the hut for 25 runs. After his wicket, was reduced to 90/5 at Lunch as Hanuma Vihari, Shreyas Iyer, and Ravindra Jadeja fell in quick succession.
On the other hand, Indian pacer Prasidh Krishna took a wicket playing for Leicester. Roman Walker was the pick of the bowlers picking three wickets in the session. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli and KS Bharat are at the crease for India.